Russia Stripped of Hosting Figure Skating Grand Prix Event

Lausanne, Switzerland, Russia has been stripped of hosting an event on figure skating’s Grand Prix circuit next season because of the country’s war on Ukraine.

The International Skating Union today said it is looking for a replacement host for the 25 – 27 November 2022 event after its ruling council took the Rostelecom Cup off the schedule because of Russia’s military invasion.

Last season, the Rostelecom Cup was held at Sochi and the women’s event was won by 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, whose later doping case dominated the sport at the Beijing Olympics.

Russian athletes, teams, officials and event hosts have been isolated from world sports since the invasion started 24 February 2022, with governing bodies encouraged to act by the International Olympic Committee. Russia’s military ally Belarus has also been widely excluded.

Source: Oman News Agency