As one of the very few sports that combine athleticism with artistry, Figure Skating draws on a wide spectrum of musical genres. Music and movement are the underpinnings of the five Program Components, which form the basis of this module.
As a result of the recent United States’ travel ban of 26 European countries and the state of New York’s restrictions on gatherings over concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union (ISU) are unable to organize the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place April 3-4, 2020, in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Skate Canada and the International Skating Union (ISU), were informed today by the Government of Quebec that they have decided to cancel the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place from March 16-22, 2020 in Montreal at Centre Bell.
At the time of publishing this statement, the ISU has not been informed of any specific decision from the Quebec Health Ministry in regard to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships scheduled to be held in Montreal on March 16-22, 2020.
As per the ISU Statement of March 2, the ISU, in consultation with the competent local authorities and the organizing ISU Members, is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus developments and their impact on the upcoming ISU Events that at this time remain scheduled as planned
On February 26, 2020 the ISU announced that the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2020 cannot be staged as originally foreseen on March 13-15, 2020 since, in light of the situation in South Korea, the competent authorities of the city of Seoul have closed the Mokdong Ice Rink and ordered the cancellation of all planned competitions.
ISU Communication No. 2311 invites ISU Members to make applications for Junior Skater Scholarships in accordance with the new ISU Development Program Communication (Communication No. 2310). The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.
The ISU stands by all those who have been affected and threatened by this situation and wishes success to all those fighting to overcome the crisis, with the expectation and hope that the situation will be restored to normal as quickly as possible.
In view of the upcoming ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships scheduled to be held in Seoul/South Korea on March 13-15, 2020, the ISU is especially monitoring the situation in the Seoul area.
The online Referee Reappointment Learning Exercises available on the ISU eLearning platform continue to assist ISU Members and their Referees to fulfil part of the Referee Reappointment requirements.
With the support of the ISU Development Commission, the Fédération Française des Sports de Glace Union is organizing an international Novice Synchronized Skating development training seminar for Coaches and Team participants in Wasquehal (Lille), France on June 12 – 15, 2020.
This Communication summarizes the main general obligations of ISU Members, according to the ISU Statutes (see Article 39, paragraph 1 of the ISU Constitution for the definition of the ISU Statutes) and according to established procedures. This does not alter the obligation of ISU Members to adhere to those Rules contained in the ISU Statutes (in particular but not limited to Article 6, paragraph 3 and Article 7, of the ISU Constitution) which are not specifically referred to in this Communication.