Harbin/Zandvoort/Berlin, 28thMay 2021. Even if the WIC kick-off last weekend in L'Aquila, Italy was a positive sign for the sport, the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet been finally overcome. Every country has individual developments and regulations. Even if all organizers try to stage as many races as possible, everyone's health continues to have top priority.
In China, the current entry regulations and requirements are still so strict that it is not possible to mobilize an international starting field for a WIC marathon in Harbin this year. In this respect, the organizer of the WORLD INLINE CUP HARBIN had to decide to cancel the international WIC 2021 in Harbin. “We very much regret not having an international WIC marathon in Harbin this year. Since there is so much enthusiasm for sport in this country, we are happy to host at least one national competition and marathon in Harbin this year. We look forward to welcoming numerous international skaters to Harbin again in 2022”, said Mr. Li Wenyue, President of the Harbin Roller Skating Association
The reasons for speaking out against hosting a WIC marathon in Zandvoort on the Formula 1 track were somewhat different. “Together with all partners, we carefully weighed the pros and cons of a WIC marathon this year. The current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the expected international athletes in this year, the expected TV coverage and the optimal use of the racetrack have prompted us not to hold a WIC marathon in Zandvoort in 2021. We will look at the future and set up a new possibility for 2022", said Marcel Scheperkamp from the Royal Dutch Skating Association (KNSB).
Details about the WIC overall Ranking in this year based on the updated calendar will be published soon.
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