The International Skating Union (ISU) has awarded hosting rights for its 2020 World Figure Skating Championships to Skate Canada, which will stage the event in Montreal, Quebec.
Canada has hosted the annual Championships on 10 previous occasions, most recently in London in 2013, but Montreal last staged the event in 1932. The 2020 Championships will be held at the Bell Centre from March 16-22.
Debra Armstrong, chief executive of Skate Canada, said: “Montreal is a fantastic Canadian city with all the elements required to execute an excellent event and we know athletes and fans alike will enjoy all aspects of the championships. We hope to inspire not only Canadians but people around the world to embrace the joy of skating.”
Yves Lalumière, president and chief executive of Tourism Montreal, added: “This is excellent news – not only because it will boost the city’s exposure, but also because it reaffirms our expertise in attracting large-scale events.”
This year’s World Figure Skating Championships took place in Helsinki, Finland from March 29 to April 2. The event will head to Milan, Italy and Saitama, Japan before arriving in Montreal.