The international skating union ISU will decide in September whether the first World Cup long track and short track games of the new winter season will take place. Ten weeks before all other World Cup matches, it should be clear whether the situation is safe because of the corona virus.
The continuing corona crisis with associated health risks and travel restrictions has prompted the international federation to set up a six-member working group to assess whether it is safe and responsible to continue the World Cup matches. This working group includes representatives from the short track and long track branches and a delegate from the medical committee.
The working group will, among other things, formulate health and hygiene measures that are necessary for organizing a World Cup, but will also deal with the possible consequences if a match is canceled. This could include postponement, but also the transfer of World Cup matches to other locations. The consequences for selection procedures and the allocation of starting points for large tournaments are also the responsibility of the working group.
The first World Cup games of the new skating season are scheduled for early November. Between November 6 and 8, the short trackers will ride in Montreal, and a week later the long track skaters will start their international campaign in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland.
The Netherlands has been awarded three international games for next season. These are the European Championship allround & sprint, the World Cup final long track and the World Cup short track in Rotterdam.