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Russia mulls organization of figure skating event in place of cancelled ISU Grand Prix

On April 25, the Council of the ISU has canceled Russia’s stage of the 2022/2023 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series

MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. The Russian Sports Ministry and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSFR) jointly work on a proposal to organize a tournament substituting a cancelled international figure skating Grand Prix, Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Tuesday.

"We are working on this proposal jointly with the Figure Skating Federation in order to provide athletes with the schedule of competitions and training camps," Matytsin told journalists.

On April 25, the Council of the International Skating Union (ISU) has canceled Russia’s stage of the 2022/2023 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

The ISU also confirmed in its statement that "Until further notice no Skaters belonging to the ISU Members in Russia (Russian Skating Union and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia) and Belarus (Skating Union of Belarus) shall be invited or allowed to participate in International Competitions, including ISU Championships and other ISU Events."

On February 28, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued recommendations to international sports federations to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from taking part in international tournaments, referring to a special military operation in Ukraine.

Following the IOC recommendations in late February, the majority of global sports federations decided to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from all international sports tournaments.

On March 1, the International Skating Union announced a decision to provisionally suspend all athletes from Russia and Belarus. The suspension was enforced in regard to figure skating, speed skating and short-track speed skating competitions. Russia was scheduled to host 2022 ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix on November 25-27.