ISU Approves Long Track Hub in the Netherlands, Cancels World Junior Short Track Championships

Two World Cup competitions added to Hub in Heerenveen next January

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - Today, the International Skating Union (ISU) provided an update regarding competitions in the 2020-2021 season, which includes the approval of a Hub Concept for long track World Cups, as well as the cancellation of the World Junior Short Track Championships.  

Hub Concept for ISU World Cup Speed Skating Events

Although it was decided back in September 2020 that the implementation of the Hub Concept for during the months of November and December 2020 was premature, the ISU Council concluded that in principle the Hub Concept is a valid option to achieve the objective to give skaters the best possible opportunities to compete internationally provided that the health and safety of the participants can reasonably be ensured.

The option to hold a Hub Concept in early 2021 was evaluated and the Council decided it would be feasible to do so. As the ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2021 will be held in Heerenveen (NED), and the organizing Member is able and ready to implement the Hub Concept, the European Championships will be followed by two subsequent ISU World Cup Speed Skating competitions.

Further information will be issued including on competition matters, the format, distances and logistics at a later date.

Cancellation of ISU World Junior Short Track Championships

Considering the pandemic developments and related impact on the organizers and participants of ISU Events, the ISU Council decided to cancel the 2021 ISU World Junior Short Track Championships scheduled for Salt Lake City, USA at the end of January.

All other ISU Events for the 2020-2021 season remain scheduled as indicated in the ISU Calendar. The Council will review the situation and make further decisions (if necessary) during its next meeting, tentatively scheduled for December 10, 2020.

You can read the ISU’s official communication on their website. 

SSC STATEMENT 

Today’s announcement from the ISU provided the Canadian speed skating community with equal parts happiness and sadness.

We are encouraged by the ISU’s approval of a Hub Concept for long track World Cups in the Netherlands this January and await additional details about the logistics and safety measures that will be in place. And while it is disappointing to lose the ISU World Junior Short Track Championships, an important development opportunity for our young skaters, we respect and understand the ISU’s decision to prioritize the health and safety of event organizers and participants.

Our High Performance programs continue to work – in accordance with local, provincial and federal public health guidelines – to provide our skaters with a safe training environment so they can prepare for international competitions in 2021. We look forward to returning to the world stage in the New Year if it is safe to do so.