Competing this season: yes, but where and how?
Synchro fans at the Mozart Cup 2018. (Credits: Ru-Pho)
The coronavirus pandemic is plunging many countries and synchro teams into uncertainty. Due to the health situation, many competitions have already been postponed to the next months or even next season, leaving little opportunity for athletes to present their programs.
"Postponing [the competition] is the only option. Your health and safety are priorities for us!" wrote a few days ago the Riga Amber Cup 2020 organizing committee. The event could be postponed in March, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
However, some on-site competitions are still maintained. This is the case, for example, with the Mozart Cup in Austria or the Hevelius Cup in Gdansk, Poland. "We are ready to organize the competition. The current situation in the country allows the competition to be held without the participation of the public. The ice rink is open, practices are taking place," explains the organizing committee that is still waiting for confirmation of arrival from foreign teams. The deadline to register is on November 20, 2020.
"We had to designate two people responsible for COVID for our event. In recent weeks the cases are increasing, and the uncertainty is still there... but February is still far away! And we still believe in it!" she continues.
The registration deadline for the Neuchâtel Trophy is set for December 1, and the organizing committee indicates that it has already received several teams' registrations. Currently, the option of organizing a virtual event has not been considered.
The competition announced last weekend to have a total of 97 entries from seven countries for the "team events" and 77 entries from four countries for the "Best of Elements", another option for teams who want to submit up to two synchro elements. These will then be evaluated by judges, who will give them a score and feedback.
Today, Colonial Classic announced that the event would also be held virtual, with the same format as the Porter Classic. Entries have just opened and will close on December 15th.
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