2020-21 Grand Prix: ISU General Announcement

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ISU Announcement

Considering the continued critical COVID-19 developments involving many travel and other restrictions and especially risks around the World, the Council reiterated its basic policy decided during its April 28, 2020 Council meeting (ISU Communication 2320), namely that the health and safety of the participants of international ice skating events remains the number one priority. Mindful of the concern for health and safety related to COVID-19 but also the need to give Skaters the best possible opportunities to compete internationally, the ISU will give its utmost support to ISU Members in order to stage all international competitions that can safely be held during the season 2020/21.

Considering the above mentioned exceptional circumstances, the basic ISU policy and with the objective to limit COVID-19 risky international traveling to the minimum, the Council considered a proposal received from the six organizing ISU Members of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series (Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia, USA hereafter the “Grand Prix Members”). In line with the powers granted to the Council as per Article 17.1.q) of ISU Constitution, the Council agreed to the proposal that each individual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event (hereafter “Grand Prix event”) of the season 2020/21 becomes a domestically run event. The participation in each Grand Prix event is limited to:

- Competitors and Officials of the host country/Organizing Grand Prix Member and
- Competitors regularly training in the respective host country and
- Competitors from other ISU Members who will be assigned to a Grand Prix event in the respective geographical area, always subject to the applicable travel, entry and sanitary restrictions of the concerned countries.

All relevant details such as applicable disciplines included in each Grand Prix event, number and selection criteria/conditions/restrictions of invited Competitors’ entries, qualification criteria for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, cost responsibilities, qualification and number of Officials, ISU financial & other assistance including Prize Money to the organizing Grand Prix Members, has been worked out by a dedicated ISU Council appointed Working Group in cooperation with the six organizing Grand Prix Members of the individual Grand Prix events and, approved by the Council.

Each Grand Prix event will be organized in accordance with the host country’s national health/sanitary requirements. Unless being in conflict with such national health/sanitary requirements, the ISU Guidelines to hold ISU Events during the COVID-19 Pandemic shall be considered as a strong recommendation. These Guidelines have been published and can be found here.

For the sake of fairness, no World Standing/Ranking points will be awarded and the scores obtained by the Competitors shall not count towards the Minimum Total Elements Scores applicable for ISU Championships.

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