Great Britain will host the Grand Prix of Figure Skating for the first time


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Britain will host a figure skating Grand Prix for the first time after the International Skating Union awarded it an event that China waived due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The ISU said on Thursday that the English city of Sheffield will stage the event from November 11-13. This will be the fourth of six regular Grand Prix events before the Grand Prix Final in Italy in December.

The China Cup could not take place due to “the deteriorating COVID-19 health situation in China”, the ISU said last week, although that language has since been removed from its website. .

China has imposed strict border controls during the pandemic and canceled many sporting events. China staged this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing using an extensive bubble system involving thousands of employees isolated from the rest of Chinese society.

Governing body of figure skating formerly replaced the Russian round of the Grand Prix series with a competition in Finland following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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