International figure skating event, set to be held in Richmond, cancelled

An international skating event, set to take place in Richmond this summer, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opening leg of the 2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating was scheduled to be held in the city Aug. 26 to Aug. 29.

The second event, scheduled for Kosice, Slovakia, from Sept. 2 to Sept. 5, had previously been called off.

In a statement, Skate Canada says it has been closely monitoring provincial and federal health authority guidelines on the pandemic, and is “committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators.”

“Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travellers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event,” reads the statement.

“Skate Canada, in partnership with the local organizing committee, Skate Canada BC/YK, looked forward to hosting the Junior Grand Prix event in Richmond.

We thank you all for your efforts and commitment as we prepared to deliver a memorable event.”

The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, inaugurated in 1997, is a series of international, junior-level competitions organized by the International Skating Union (ISU). It serves as a complement to the senior-level ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

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