For the Cup of Dresden organizers, safety should be the primary criterion
The Cup of Dresden in Germany should have lived in 2021 its 3rd edition. (Credits: Ru-Pho - 2020)
"It was a very hard decision to make," starts Susanne Schöne of the Cup of Dresden organizing committee. This international synchronized skating competition, which should have taken place in March 2021, will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is more than one reason that leaded the organizers to this decision and, of course, the coronavirus is once again responsible. "The number of cases remains rather stable and comparatively low in Dresden, Saxony. In our federal state, strict regulations and prohibitions are relaxed more and more. Events and competitions are currently allowed with a feasible hygiene concept. But in Germany, each federal state tries to solve the problem in a different way. And we can see even more differences between the European countries," explain Susanne Schöne of the organizing committee.
Travel difficulties and dressing rooms
Another point is the number of athletes in the dressing rooms that has to be reduced. "Our ice rink and the whole sports complex is particularly suitable for organizing a big synchronized skating competition. But of course, the number of dressing rooms is limited, and currently, we can not ensure, that there will be enough rooms available. After each usage, the rooms have do be cleaned and disinfected. That means either the schedule will be extended or the number of registrations has to be reduced. Since the entry fees together with sponsorship payments constitute the basis for the financing of the competition we could run into financial difficulties."
"Each team would be allocated to a specific area, and there should be developed a workable one-way concept. There would be either no or only a few spectators. Victory ceremony would be not allowed as well as kiss and cry areas nor the final foto sessions," says Susanne Schöne.
"A synchronized skating competition as a virtual event seems not yet attractive for us at the moment. We would miss all the smiles, the live situations, the falls, the fears and tears, and the screaming winners. But we will keep a very close eye on developments in virtual competitions. It is possible that the pandemic situation will last a while and it will be necessary to find new solutions," answers the organizing committee.
Following the cancellation of the 2021 Cup of Dresden, the organizers received numerous messages of support. "Everyone is understanding and all of them are looking forward to the hopefully upcoming competition in 2022", concludes the organizers. They promised to seize this break to gather all their energy and to develop a feasible concept for 2022.
Results - TOP 3
Cup of Dresden 2020
FEB 22, 2020 - FEB 23, 2020
|1||Team Berlin Novice (GER)||62.30|
|2||Skating Graces (GER)||56.51|
|1||Crystal Illusions (FIN)||70.04|
|2||Saxony Ice Pearls (GER)||59.99|
|2||Team Magic (HUN)||95.59|
|1||Skating Graces (GER)||133.63|
|1||Cool Dreams Royal (SUI)||79.32|
|2||Starlight Jewels (SUI)||62.06|
|3||Team Saphire (SUI)||56.33|