Four Continents skating makes European debut in Estonia

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Four Continents Championships for non-European figure skaters will be held in Europe for the first time after Estonia stepped in as alternate hosts for China, the Union announced Monday. international skating.

The competition will take place from January 18 to 23 in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. It is just after that the same site hosts the European Championships. The ISU said it had been looking for backup hosts outside of Europe, but “no applications were received”.

The championships – named after the skaters’ origins in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australasia – were originally scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Tianjin as a warm-up for the Beijing Olympics the following month.

Tianjin dropped out last month, with the ISU citing travel restrictions and quarantine rules in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympics operate under a “closed-loop management system” developed by Chinese authorities for the Games and which operates differently from other sporting events.

The Four Continents have not taken place since the start of the pandemic. This year’s competition was scheduled to take place in Australia but was canceled due to the pandemic.

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