GENEVA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The International Skating Union (ISU) announced on Tuesday that the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season 2020/21 will become a domestic run event.
The ISU Council met on Monday via an online meeting to discuss the 2020/21 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series among other topics.
"Mindful of the concern for health and safety related to COVID-19 but also the need to give Skaters the best possible opportunities to compete internationally, the ISU will give its utmost support to ISU Members in order to stage all international competitions that can safely be held during the season 2020/21," said the ISU.
"The Council considered a proposal received from the six organizing ISU Members of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series (Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia, the United States). The Council agreed in principle to the proposal that each individual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season 2020/21 becomes a domestic run event. The Council agreement in principle remains subject to the ISU and each of the six organizing ISU Grand Prix Members reaching a detailed agreement," it said.
The ISU also limited the participation in each individual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event to:
1. Competitors and Officials of the host country and
2. Competitors regularly training in the respective host country and
3. Competitors from other ISU Members who will be assigned to a Grand Prix of Figure Skating event in the respective geographical area, always subject to the applicable travel, entry and sanitary restrictions of the concerned countries.
For the sake of fairness, no World Standing/Ranking points will be awarded and the scores obtained by the Competitors shall not count towards the Minimum Total Elements Scores applicable for ISU Championships.
The ISU said, the staging of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, which is planned to be held on December 10-13, 2020 in Beijing as test event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, will be discussed with the ISU's Chinese counterparts in order to conclude whether and when the Final can be held and under which conditions.