For skating coach Jac Orie, the cancellation of the World Cup distances at the end of February on the new Olympic track in Beijing did not come as a very big surprise. “You take everything into account with the corona virus, including this one. These are different times, you just don’t have control at the moment”, the successful trainer of Jumbo-Visma responds.
Orie hopes that the international skating union ISU will still be able to move the most important tournament of a regular skating season to a different location. “I would love it if there was another alternative. That would be good for skating and also fun for the people who can watch our sport on television. It is always bread and play, right? We really want to drive indoors. the established rules. “
Of course Orie certainly also thinks of Thialf as the backdrop for the World Cup, which would be held in China as a test event for the Winter Games of 2022. In the Frisian skating temple, a kind of bubble will be created in January and the European Allround Championships will be consecutively held until the end of the month. and the European Championship sprint and two world cups on the program. After that, the World Cup distances could logically also take place there.
“Of course, that would be wonderful,” Orie admits. “It seems to me a very good opportunity to now also complete the World Championship distances in Thialf. Everyone is already there anyway. They have done that in cycling this year. All races in one go. show beautiful races to the public. If the World Championship distances can still be held elsewhere, that is of course fine. The most important thing is that there is an alternative, with the least possible damage and costs. “
Orie still regrets that he and his team cannot yet try out the Olympic track in Beijing for the time being. “But it is no different in these corona times, we will have to make do with it. In the new Olympic season we may still be able to ride a World Cup there. There are always new opportunities.”