On Wednesday, the ISU put an end to the plan to create a ‘skating bubble’ in Heerenveen this year, so that no World Cups can be held in Thialf.
It was previously announced that the World Cups in Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland) (November 13-15), Stavanger (November 20-22), Salt Lake City in the United States (December 4-6) and Calgary (11- December 13) could not continue due to the corona crisis.
Subsequently, the idea was put forward to create a ‘skating bubble’ in Heerenveen, where all international top skaters would have to compete in Thialf as isolated from the outside world as possible.
The ISU calls the plan a “fine option” on Wednesday, but says November and December will come too early to create the bubble. The plan may be implemented in the first months of 2021.
In addition, the ISU announced that the World Cup short track in Seoul (11-13 December) and Beijing (18-20 December) will be canceled, as will the final of the Grand Prix figure skating in Beijing (10-13 December).
Kramer: ‘It is possible in other sports’
At a press moment from Jumbo-Visma, coach Jac Orie and top skater Sven Kramer expressed the hope that the skating bubble would be realized on Monday.
“There is a little hope, but I think there is more than a 90 percent chance that there will be a bubble,” said Orie. “The World Cups are an important part of our sport. We would like to organize it here and will do everything we can to comply with the rules.”
Kramer added: “If you now look at tennis, cycling, Formula 1 and football, it would be crazy if there were suddenly no competitions in speed skating.”
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