It's a multi-purpose arena that can accommodate almost 7000+ seats for ice hockey games and 8000 for concerts: https://www.metroareena.fi/Not sure about Finlandia though - is the rink at Espoo the same kind or is it a stadium?
Don't know how Kailani can fly back and compete...From an Australian perspective, our national association is looking at contingencies for how nationals could operate this year. A communication has been released so this is public news. Still it may be difficult to hold a full event which includes singles, pairs, dance and synchro which is how it has always been.
She'd be able to return, even with things as they stand now, so long as she does a two-week hotel quarantine on arrival. By early December when Nationals happen it's likely there will be no quarantines required after internal border crossings, so long as we don't have a second wave, and depending on how things look in the rest of the world even the requirements for international returnees to quarantine may not be as stringent by then. She and Victoria Alcantara will have to make the same calculus about whether returning, losing a bit of training time and being home for a 4CC that might not go ahead, but possibly not able to leave again afterwards, is worth a Nationals medal.Don't know how Kailani can fly back and compete...
Kailani, and Brendan for that matter, are both home in Australia. Rinks are opening up in NSW. They can train here; but returning to their overseas training bases will be difficult.Don't know how Kailani can fly back and compete...
You don’t like peanut butter? That is blasphemousI think the other thing to consider with skating is it is mostly a volunteer run workforce. The clubs and associations have a moral health and safety obligation to ensure that people are not infected or risk infection. But if people did get sick it could affect their public liability insurance premiums as well if many people got sick at an event.
"Following the cancellation of the first two Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Events that were to have been held in Canada and Slovak Republic, the Council approved the application from Riga / LAT to host a Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Event.Riga, Latvia added as the 6th JGP event with pairs (Oct 14-17)
The ISU Council held an online meeting on June 18, 2020. Find out more about the decisions that were taken by the ISU Council during the conference.www.isu.org
Correct.Did I read it right, they still haven't made a decision that the ISU events will happen
Note regarding the *********-19 situation: The ISU Council will closely monitor the *********-19 related developments in close consultation with the appointed Working Groups (see ISU Communications 2320 and 2327) and the organizing ISU Members of all ISU Events and will decide upon and communicate any postponement and/or change of location and/or cancellations as soon as possible.
Only if school figures are required. Along with proper attire for ladies. If I may be blunt: at the present time and immortality are bigger obstacles to our sport than this *****.
Of all the rather sensible discussion here (PB diversions aside) I gravitate back to this thinking the most. This is what makes sense to me. Too many unknowns, so kick the can down the road until you're forced to spend money and then make a call. Even then you can begin to spend nominally and bail at a later date.My own experiences with being signed up for athletic events that are being canceled one by one and being involved in the decision-making for the event I am a Race Director for is that there is some truth to this but it's probably not 100% like what people are saying.
I've talked to Race Directors and most of them are not canceling their events outright even if they think there is no way they will happen. What they are doing is keeping them on the schedule until such time as they have to start spending money on them. Then they cancel them. Alternatively, the jurisdiction they are in makes a pronouncement, say no events with over X people until there is a vaccine or no international travel until a certain date (after the date of their event). So when that announcement is made, the Race Director cancels.
They are doing this for a number of reasons. Some of them are financial but also they don't want to limit their options. As an example, my race was first postponed. Until this week I was sure there was no way to do the event on the new date. But now they've opened up enough things that I am starting to think it will happen.
To the skaters, I would say: if it's not canceled, it's because the ISU still thinks there is a chance to have the event. Some people making the decisions are sure they will all be canceled but some are not.
There are so many variables. I don’t envy these decision makers at all.So much to sort out. And it will be all on a short timeline. My bet continues to be that the only events that will be held will be (delayed?) Nationals and World's. I'll be surprised if anything else appears on the schedule unless someone in Europe wants to attempt a regional event.
I have said in the past, the nuance is, if the training differences are related to C*VID I think the ISU has to be more sensitive to that. If the training differences are more related to normal circumstances of personal finance, government or federations priorities etc then ISU can't get too caught up in that.Training opportunities will also be quite different depending on the country the skater is in. Not that everyone ever had equal training opportunities but this will give some countries an addtional advantage over others.
I bet they are considering it in some cases. If they did consider this, it likely would involve some major moves - they'd need to move the events to places where they can guarantee outdoor ice even if the weather leading up to and during the event isn't conducive to ice. They'd need to be able to shift the days of the event in case of rain or otherwise poor weather, so the ice would need to be available not only during the event, but perhaps after it. The ice surface would at least need to ISU regulation size (unless they waive that rule), and also not be some weird shape. There would also need to be either a separate outdoor facility for practices, or else some other way to handle practice ice. Many countries wouldn't have such a venue. For others that do, such as the US and Canada, the venue may or may not be available, and may or may not be willing.
Or the fabulous sub-tropical storms Sydney sometimes experiences during Summer.