Ottawa to host fanless Skate Canada International Grand Prix


Nam Nguyen skates to a national title after winning the senior men free competition at the 2019 National Skating Championships. (Andrew Vaughan / CP)

OTTAWA — Nam Nguyen and ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier headline the field for Skate Canada International that will be held with no fans due to COVID-19.

The Grand Prix event will be held in Ottawa, Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Skate Canada International is traditionally the second stop on the international Grand Prix circuit, culminating in the Grand Prix Final.

The International Skating Union announced Thursday that this year’s Final, originally scheduled for Dec. 10-13 in Beijing, has been postponed, with no new date set for the competition.

The 2020 world figure skating championships had been scheduled for March 16-22 in Montreal, but were one of the first major sporting events cancelled due to the global pandemic. The news was announced just days before skaters were to travel to Montreal.

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