That post is from December 12th?DTRtS inquired schaatsen.nl about the feasibilty of holding the Challenge Cup. They responded that preparations are still underway at the moment:
With how the situation is currently developing here in Europe (or worldwide really) I think the possibilty it gets cancelled in the end is very high though unfortunately.
That post is from December 12th?
Since then, things have changed dramatically in the Netherlands.
Yesterday we entered the strictest lockdown we’ve had so far, which will last for five weeks. Pretty much everything non-essential is closed, including most stores, restaurants and indoor sport schools.
Actually... it’s mostly the same in the Netherlands. ;-) The Dutch government looked at Germany on Sunday morning and decided they just couldn’t stay behind.Thanks for the update, Winnie.
It is mostly the same here in Germany.
Ah, see, that’s why I pointed out the date, that was December 12. A tighter lockdown was discussed on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 and announced Monday evening.According to your report the restrictions regarding sports competitions in the Netherlands are stricter. So it is indeed a little curious that schaatsen.nl responded on the 12th that they're still intending to hold the Challenge Cup. Since it's scheduled for the end of February, maybe they are holding out hope that the situation will be better by then?
Looking at the broadcast schedule, it's little consolation though, since disappointingly FujiTV continues to first and foremost promote the singles disciplines and treat ice dance as an afterthought. If that attitude doesn't change it's going to be really tough to raise the profile of ice dance in Japan.
And rightfully so (I live near Germany, there were great worries Germans from NRW would come here for shopping if the stores remained open here but not there. The opposite happened when Germany’s restaurants were still open but closed here already a while back. There were queues at the restaurants in the small town that is the closest from here. You don’t want that. Because we have no borders, they need to treat the areas the same as much as possible, even if the governments want to pretend it was still their decision, lolol)
Ah, see, that’s why I pointed out the date, that was December 12. A tighter lockdown was discussed on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 and announced Monday evening.
We already had restrictions before then, but nothing like this. It was completely logical for the organization to think CC was still an option.
It still *is*. Things may well change back for the better five weeks from now. But for instance the code orange travel advisory will still be in place, (it seems strange they would allow an audience, especially a foreign audience, when the Dutch government tells its own people to NOT
travel for fun, do not book holidays, only receive 2-3 guests in your house, etc.).
(btw yes, there is an exception for sportsmen and women for traveling to and from the Netherlands, although they have to show a negative test etc, but that’s only of interest again after the five weeks)
And it just cannot be easy hosting an event with so many uncertainties right now, but who knows.... Technically at this point, sure, it’s possible in February.
Aside from the “if they win Nationals” (which I find very doubtful!) and Worlds going ahead, the Netherlands are currently not organizing any sports competitions (soccer excepted).
I am very uncertain the CC will be organized this season.
Since there are only five pairs competing in ice dance, it is usually skipped over by TV broadcasters. Ice dance got some airtime at the NHK Cup because Daisuke was competing in the discipline. Ice dance will be aired on CS Fuji One, which is only accessible to subscribers. We are really enthusiastic about singles figure skating because there are many world-class talents like Hanyu and Rika. Pairs and ice dance are sidelined due mainly to the lack of great skaters in these disciplines. I guess Japanese skaters tend to rely too much on technical elements and ice dance requires a superb level of artistry, which is harder to achieve.
I still loved their FD - I know there were a few bobbles in the FD but imagine when they are clean . Can’t wait to see this team win medals next yearCongrats to KanaDai on winning the Silver Medal!
Olympic Channel article
Has an elite athlete ever made such a difficult transition? The 2010 world singles champ won ice dance silver at Japan nationals with Muramoto Kana.www.olympicchannel.com