Junior Grand Prix Series In Figure Skating Season-2020/21 Canceled
The Junior Grand Prix series in figure skating of the 2020/21 season has been canceled, according to the International Skating Union.
The decision to cancel the competition was made due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's worth noting that the ISU Council will hold an online meeting on August 3 to assess the situation with the coronavirus pandemic and discuss competition planning for the upcoming season in adult figure skating.
"Since the last meeting of the ISU Council on July 6, we have received information about increasing restrictions on entry and exit in several countries, which can seriously complicate participation in Junior tournaments. Some federations will simply not be able to send their Junior teams to the Grand Prix stages. Also, potential sanitary measures (including possible quarantine) may impose an impossible burden on the organizers," the report says.
"If the pandemic situation changes later in the season and international Junior competitions are safely organized, and ISU members want to host international Junior tournaments, the Union will consider financial assistance to interested parties, subject to receiving a detailed offer. Preference will be given to federations that were initially granted the right to hold stages of the Junior Grand Prix in the 2020/21 season, " the report says.
Earlier, it became known about the cancellation of stages of the Junior Grand Prix series in Richmond, Canada (August 26-29), Kosice, Slovakia (September 2-5), and Yokohama, Japan (September 16-19). It was planned to hold the stage in Budapest (September 9-12), later competitions were planned in the Czech Republic in Ostrava (September 23-26), Tashkent (September 30 - October 3), Ljubljana (October 7-10) and Riga (October 14-17). The Grand Prix final was scheduled to take place in Beijing on December 10-13.
The Junior Grand Prix has been held since the 1997/98 season. At the end of last year's Junior Grand Prix final in women's singles, Russian Kamila Valieva won the gold award, while Daria Usacheva took third place. Among men, the winner was sun Sato of Japan, while the second and third places were taken by Russians Andrey Mozalev and Daniil Samsonov, respectively.
In the pairs competition, the entire podium was taken by Russian figure skaters: first became Apollinaria Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov, second-Diana Mukhametzyanova and Ilya Mironov, third-Ksenia Akhantieva and Valery Kolesov, among the dance duets, gold awards were won by Georgians Maria Kozakova and George Revia, Russians Elizaveta Shanayeva and David Narizhny won bronze medals.