Hamilton has been selected to host the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in April 2022.
In a press release issued Thursday (Feb. 25) the International Skating Union (ISU) and Skate Canada announced the decision for the event to be held at FirstOntario Centre from April 7 to 9, 2022.
“Skate Canada is delighted to be heading back to Hamilton for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships,” said Skate Canada’s CEO Debra Armstrong in the release.
“Skate Canada has a rich history of holding successful ISU sanctioned events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best synchronized skaters to Hamilton in 2022.”
Since 2000, the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships have been an annual competition that takes place in countries across the globe.
In 2020, the event was slated to take place in Lake Placid but was cancelled in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The 2021 championship, which was also scheduled to happen from April 8 to 10 in Zagreb, Croatia, has also recently been cancelled.
The competition features 25 teams from 20 ISU member nations all seeking the world title.
This will be the second time Hamilton has been selected to host the event, previously having hosted in 2015. Canada has also hosted the championships in London in 2007 and Ottawa in 2003.
“The City of Hamilton is proud to welcome back the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships to our city in 2022,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.
“A Task Force has been assembled by my office for economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and with this positive announcement today, to a sector that has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, signifies an increasing level of economic recovery.”
More information on the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, including ticket sales, is expected to be made available in the summer of 2021.
— Photo courtesy Skate Canada’s Facebook page