Xinhua News Agency, Chongqing, October 15 (Reporters Wu Kunpeng and Ding Wenxian) The reporter learned from the press conference of the 2020 Shiseido China Cup World Figure Skating Grand Prix on the 15th that the China Cup will be held in Chongqing from November 6th to 8th. Many top domestic figure skaters including two-time World Championship champions Sui Wenjing/Han Cong will participate in this competition.
The ISU World Figure Skating Grand Prix is an international top-level event sponsored by the ISU. In previous years, it consisted of 6 sub-stations and 1 finals. It started from mid-to-late October to mid-December. China began hosting the World Figure Skating Grand Prix in 2003. This year is the 18th year that the event has settled in China.
Due to the spread of the new crown epidemic worldwide, the International Skating Federation cancelled the 2020 World Figure Skating Championships in March. At the end of September, it announced the cancellation or delay of the figure skating and short track speed skating Winter Olympics test competitions held in China at the end of the year. The China Cup has also become the only ISU event held in China this year.
According to the decision of the ISU Council, participants in the 2020/21 Grand Prix will be limited to athletes, officials and athletes who have trained in the country for a long time, as well as athletes from other ISU member associations. The International Skating Federation shall coordinate the allocation of participating places according to geographical regions on the basis of considering international travel, entry and health and epidemic prevention. After negotiation, there will be only one group of athletes participating in each individual event of this China Cup, namely, 6 men's singles, 6 women's singles, 5 ice dance groups, and 4 pairs of doubles.
In terms of contestants, two-time World Championship champion Sui Wenjing/Han Cong and 2018 World Figure Skating Grand Prix final silver medalist Peng Cheng/Jin Yang led the pair skating lineup. For men's singles, Jin Boyang and Yan Han will continue to participate in this local event, and Zhang He and Chen Yudong, who has just been promoted to the adult group, will also participate in the competition on this site. In the ice dance competition, celebrities Wang Shiyue/Liu Xinyu and teammates Chen Hong/Sun Zhuoming will join hands.
For women's singles, since both Zhu Yi and Lin Shan are training abroad, they will participate in the US race based on the principle of participating in the nearest competition. Currently, only Chen Hongyi can be determined on the list. The pending quotas for men's singles, women's singles, and ice dance will be generated through video selection.
Zhao Hongbo, the head coach of the China National Figure Skating Training Team, said that due to the epidemic this year, the players have lost many opportunities to participate, which also made the team look forward to and cherish the China Cup. Recently, the players of the national team have concentrated on preparing for the game in Beijing, striving to present the best state to the ice fans in the China Cup. (Finish)