The International Figure Skating Union approved the calendar of the International Figure Skating Grand Prix in the 2024/25 season. According to Kommersant, Russian stages are not included in the calendar.
The last time Russia hosted the Grand Prix stage was in 2021 in Sochi. Since March 2022, Russian and Belarusian athletes have been suspended from competing under the auspices of the International Figure Skating Union. Such a decision was made in connection with the beginning of a large-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Sanctions continue to apply even now.
The competition will be held in seven stages: two in France, one each in Canada, China, the USA, Finland and Japan. The final will be held in Orleans, 130 kilometers southwest of Paris, on December 5-8, 2024.
Russian sport, which for decades worshiped the “own vs. foreign” format, which, as if on purpose, even in turbulent times, was glorified by movie blockbusters such as “Legends number 17”, “Moving Up” and “Champion of the World”, evilly but proudly put on the clothes of an outcast , forced to look for new ways of survival and new meanings, allowing to reinvent yourself, Kommersant notes.