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Skate Canada – MONTREAL, QC: The International Skating Union (ISU) has awarded the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020 to Skate Canada, who will host the event in Montreal, Quebec. This premier sporting event will be held at the Bell Centre from March 16-22, 2020.

“Canada is thrilled to once again host the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best skaters to Montreal in 2020,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Montreal is a fantastic Canadian city with all the elements required to execute an excellent event and we know athletes and fans alike will enjoy all aspects of the championships. We hope to inspire not only Canadians but people around the world to embrace the joy of skating.”

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships ® is an annual event that moves around the globe, attracting more than 150 million television viewers worldwide and showcasing the 200 best athletes from 50 countries in four disciplines: men, women, pair and ice dance.

“Montreal is an Olympic city of passionate fans who are particularly fond of ice sports. That’s why I am so pleased that our metropolis is hosting the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Bell Center. The presence of so many international athletes builds on Montréal’s worldwide renown. I am sure there will be plenty of magic on the ice, to the audience’s delight,” stated Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

Skate Canada has a long and proud history of hosting ISU events, having previously held the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 10 times. In addition, each year Canada hosts Skate Canada International, one of the stops on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

According to Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourism Montreal, being selected to host the ISU World Figure Skating Championships proves that Montréal is a centre of excellence for organizing major international events. “This is excellent news—not only because it will boost the city’s exposure, but also because it reaffirms our expertise in attracting large-scale events. We are delighted to welcome the world’s best skaters to our hometown and are confident their stay in Montreal will be unforgettable.”

The 2020 world championships will mark Canada’s 11th time hosting, and a second for Montreal. Canada last hosted the event in London, Ontario, in 2013.

Previous Canadian host cities:

● 1932 Montreal ● 1960 Vancouver ● 1972 Calgary ● 1978 Ottawa ● 1984 Ottawa
● 1990 Halifax ● 1996 Edmonton ● 2001 Vancouver ● 2006 Calgary ● 2013 London

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Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for competitive figure skating and is dedicated to creating a nation of skaters, both recreationally and competitively. At 130 years old, Skate Canada is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skating instruction and education. Over 170,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year, including our flagship CanSkate program that teaches beginners of every age the basic skills of skating and fundamental movements. 

As one of Canada’s most successful sport governing bodies, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 36 world championship titles. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medallists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,500 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle. 

Skate Canada has a National Service Centre in Ottawa and high performance facilities in Toronto and Montreal.

For Information: 
Emma Bowie, Communications Manager 
+1 (613) 747-1007 ext. 2547