ISU confirms 2014 World Short Track Championships to the City of Montreal

ISU confirms 2014 World Short Track Championships to the City of Montreal

– The International Skating Union (ISU) confirmed this week with Speed Skating Canada (SSC) that the 2014 ISU World Short Track Championships, from March 14-16, 2014, would be held in Montreal.

The ISU awarded the provisional allotment of the 2014 ISU World Short Track Championships to Montreal, through SSC, at its annual congress in June 2011. SSC's bid to ISU provisionally listed Montreal as the potential site with the understanding there would be an internal (to SSC) bid process to confirm the preferred city host.

This past spring, SSC issued a call of interest for cities to bid on the 2014 ISU World Short Track Championships. At the association’s annual general meeting on Friday, June 29, SSC announced that Saguenay, Que., would play host to the 2014 championships. Saguenay was selected ahead of bids coming from Calgary, Montreal and Quebec City.

“We are proud and honoured to have been provided with the opportunity to host the 2014 ISU World Short Track Championships,” said Marie-Claire Rouleau, SSC president. “When the provisional allotment for the championships was awarded to SSC in June 2011 it was our desire and intention to provide all Canadian cities with the opportunity to present the 2014 ISU World Short Track Championships.

“That being said, the ISU Council has the final decision on the location of its competitions,” added Rouleau. “Despite our process and submission of our selected host city this spring, the ISU insisted that the provisional city selection not change.

“All four cities who bid on the championships this past spring would have been exceptional hosts,” said Rouleau. “We know that Claude Fauteux, president of Montreal’s host committee, and his organization will make it a special event for the athletes, fans, spectators and sponsors.

“To Dr. Donald Aubin and Roger Fradette, president of the Saguenay committee (CODES), your dedicated group of volunteers, the City of Saguenay and its speed skating supporters and sponsor, we have always looked forward to bringing our prestigious events to your region,” added Rouleau. “We will look to enjoy your gracious hospitality again soon.”

Rouleau also indicated that SSC is grateful to André Beaulieu, president of the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, for his understanding and support.

Since the first world senior championships in 1976, Canada has played host four times: Quebec City (1979), Moncton (1982) and Montreal (1987 and 2002). The 2013 World Short Track Championships will be held in Dubrecen, Hungary, from March 8-10.