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Volosozhar, Trankov to skate next season amid other pairs changes

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Russian Olympic champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov will skate in the next Grand Prix season, but the elite pairs scene they’ll return to will have changed.

Volosozhar and Trankov, who skipped the World Championships last week, said they will be back for 2014-15, according to Russia Figure Skating’s website. They could be in line to defend their Grand Prix Final and European Championships titles.

They won’t be facing top rivals Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who won last week’s World Championship, because Szolkowy is retiring. Savchenko may continue with a French partner, which would require sitting out one season due to a nationality switch.

Volosozhar and Trankov could face less competition domestically, too. The third Russian pair from the Sochi Olympics, Yuri Larionov and Vera Bazarova, have also split, according to R-Sport. They finished sixth in Sochi.

That’s in addition to the retirement of China’s Pang Qing and Tong Jian, who retired after finishing fourth in Sochi.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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