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Coronavirus wipes out speed skating World Cup competitions in Calgary, Quebec

A World Cup speed skating event in Calgary and short-track competitions in Montreal and Laval, Que., have been cancelled because of COVID-19.

International Skating Union scraps 2 short track events in Montreal and Laval, Que.

The International Skating Union on Monday cancelled a World Cup speed skating event scheduled to run Dec. 11-13 in Calgary. Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen, pictured, competed at last year's event in the city. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press/File)

A World Cup speed skating event in Calgary and short-track competitions in Montreal and Laval, Que., have been cancelled because of COVID-19.

The International Skating Union announced Monday that the first World Cup speed skating events of the 2020-21 season, including one in Calgary from Dec. 11 to 13, have been cancelled.

The ISU also wiped out the first two World Cup short-track events of the season, in Montreal from Nov. 6 to 8, and Laval from Nov. 13 to 15.

"While we are disappointed that we are unable to welcome the world's best speed skaters this fall, Speed Skating Canada is fully supportive of such decisions that prioritize the health and safety of our sport's participants and that of the entire communities in which we compete," Canada's governing body of the sport said Monday in a statement on its website.

"We look forward to hosting world-class events again once it is safe to do so."

For speed skating, the ISU says it is evaluating a hub concept in Netherlands as an alternative to the first four World Cups.

Events in Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland (Nov. 13 to 15), Stavanger, Norway (Nov. 20 to 22) and Salt Lake City (Dec. 4 to 6) also are off the schedule.

The ISU says it is still evaluating whether to go ahead with short track events in Seoul from Dec. 11 to 13 and Beijing from Dec. 18 to 20.

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