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Speed skating World Cups canceled; ‘hub’ concept explored

ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships Dordrecht

DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 12: A general view of the venue as skaters compete in the 1500m quarter finals during the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships at Sportboulevard on January 12, 2019 in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - International Skating Union/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

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This season’s first four World Cup speed skating stops in November and December and the first two short track events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Skating Union is evaluating a proposed “hub concept” for alternative speed skating competitions to be held in the Netherlands, the world’s dominant skating nation.

The following speed skating World Cups were canceled:

Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland, Nov. 13-15
Stavanger, Norway, Nov. 20-22
Salt Lake City, Dec. 4-6
Calgary, Dec. 11-13

The following short track World Cups were canceled:

Montreal, Nov. 6-8
Laval, Quebec, Nov. 13-15

A decision is pending on the third and fourth short track World Cups in Seoul and Beijing in December. After those, the next scheduled World Cups for short track and long-track speed skating are in February.

Last season’s world championships for short track, originally scheduled for last March, were previously canceled.

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