Cancellation of Olympic Skate-Off & Canadian Junior Long Track Championships

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC – On December 20, we were informed of multiple positive COVID-19 test results among members of the speed skating community who had recently trained in Quebec City. While it is not yet possible to determine the source of these cases, the news caused us as an organization to further reflect on the current status of the pandemic and our upcoming competitions.

In order to protect the health and safety of our athletes, staff and community members as we head into the critical Olympic Games period, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the long track Skate-Off and Canadian Junior Long Track Championships, which were scheduled to take place next week in Quebec City.

While we had very much hoped to hold these selection events in a safe and fair manner, we are facing significant challenges brought about by the rising number of COVID-19 cases and easy transmissibility of the Omicron variant. Our best option in these difficult circumstances is to minimize risk for all by following public health guidance and avoiding gathering for competitions at this time.

We understand that this decision will impact many across our community and have extensive repercussions on our selections processes. To that end, our High Performance team will be working over the coming days to adjust criteria in the Olympic Selection Policies & Procedures and Bulletin 197. We will communicate these details to you as soon as they are available.

We also acknowledge the frustration that is caused by these rapidly changing circumstances and appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt our decisions based on the latest information available. We can assure you that these changes are always made in consideration of the best interests of our athletes, staff and community members.

A subsequent message will follow soon to participants who have already registered for these competitions, detailing refund procedures.