First FISU WUC 2020 draws to premature close

First FISU WUC 2020 draws to premature close

The first FISU World University Championship of the year, the 2020 FISU World University Speed Skating Championship taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands was drawn to a premature close after the fourth and final day of competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was taken in the interest of all participants’ health and protection.

The Speed Skating Championship had kicked off on Monday, March 10, where 70 participants from 16 countries had gathered for the official Opening Ceremony before the first day of racing on Tuesday.

FISU Speed Skating 1

Over the three days of racing that were completed in often challenging and wet overhead conditions, home side Team Netherlands enjoyed widespread success, with Olympic gold medallist Esmee Visser powering to victory in the women’s 3000m and 5000m, as compatriot Victor Ramler did the double in the men’s 5000m and 10000m event.

Russia's Irina Kuznetsova broke the record in the women’s 500m event as Japan’s Yamato Matsui also set a new record over the same distance in the men’s competition.

Sanne in 't Hof added another gold to the Dutch tally in the 1500m women’s final, while Marcin Bachanek earned top spot on the podium for Poland in the 1500m men’s competition.

Ladies podium 1500m FISU WUC Speed Skating

The next World University Championship, the FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championship, which was set to take place from March 23-27 in Rovaniemi, Finland, has also been cancelled by the Finnish government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as was the FISU Cross Country Championships which was scheduled to take place in Marrakech, Morocco earlier this month. 

FISU will continue to closely monitor the global situation, with the federation strictly following government guidance for all its upcoming events, and continue to inform its members of the latest developments.

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