2020 NHK Trophy: General Info

gsk8

Record Breaker
Joined
Jun 21, 2003
Country
United-States
2020 NHK Trophy
Towa Pharmaceutical Ractab Dome
Nov. 27-29, 2020
Osaka Japan​

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series consists of six international senior invitational events and culminates with the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. However, due to COVID-19, the Final has been postponed for this season and no World standing or ranking points will be awarded in the Grand Prix events.
Note: Due to COVID-19, the usual selection criteria do not apply. The competitors will be invited according to the following principles:
  • The top 6 Skaters/Teams from the ISU Grand Prix List are given priority to be selected for a Grand Prix event provided they reside/train in one of the Grand Prix Member countries, or have no travel restrictions to travel to a Grand Prix Member country in the nearby area.
  • The top 7-12 Skaters (for Ladies and Men), Top 7-10 Couples (for Pair Skating and Ice Dance) from the Grand Prix List are given second priority to be selected for a Grand Prix.
  • The top 24 Season's best and World Standings Skaters/Couples for season 2019/20 (not included in the above) will have third priority for selection.
  • The remaining entries will be from Skaters/Teams in the top 75 season's best list from 2019/20 and up to two Skaters/Teams from the Organizing Grand Prix Member (off list).
  • If there are no available Skaters/Teams left in the top 75, the Organizing Grand Prix Member may invite any other Skater training in the Organizing Grand Prix Member's country.
 
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zanadude

Medalist
Joined
Feb 20, 2016
Country
Japan
We were lucky to get this competition. Osaka today declared a state of emergency, and asked resident to refrain from all non-essential activities outside of the house. Had this happened a week earlier, this competition would likely have been canceled.
 

Flying Feijoa

On the Ice
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Sep 22, 2019
Country
New-Zealand
What happens to the infection rate in Osaka by the end of next week (marking a 14 day incubation period) should tell us a bit about the effectiveness of different safety protocols at this competition versus Rostelecom. Of course, the community transmission rate/threshold for public restrictions is lower in Japan so a direct comparison can't be made.
 
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