2020 NHK Trophy: General Info


Record Breaker
Jun 21, 2003
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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Feb 20, 2016
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
Sep 22, 2019
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.