— Published 13 October 2021

Figure skating still behind closed doors

Beijing 2022

The test events relentlessly continue in Beijing in preparation for the 2022 Winter Games. After the Long Track Speed Skating event last week, the series will continue from Thursday 14th to Saturday, October 16th, with the Asian Figure Skating Open. It is to be held at Beijing’s 53-year-old Capital Gymnasium, which will also host the Chinese event of the Short Track World Cup later this month. According to the rink’s director of operations, Ding Dong, the China Figure Skating Open attracted 32 athletes from nine countries. They were not subjected to quarantine on arrival in China, nor were coaches and officials, but they had to pass a COVID test less than 48 hours old before entering the sanitary bubble prepared by the organisers. Inside, they must wear a mask and are tested daily. As with the speed skating test event, the competition will be held behind closed doors. The series of pre-Olympic events will then continue from October 18th with the Chinese leg of the Short Track World Cup, a qualifier for the Beijing 2022 Games, for which the Chinese are announcing the participation of 400 skaters from all over the world. The series will end on October 31st, 2021.