Finland delays its synchro events but maintains them
The Novice team Diamond Edges at the start of the season. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2020)
Better late than not at all. While many teams are not allowed to skate due to Covid-19, Finland has decided to postpone its competition calendar.
Although Finland's Covid-19 situation has not eased - the latest statistics in the country: 40,772 lab-confirmed infections and 633 deaths attributed to coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic - the federation and the athletes hope that it will improve and that it will be possible to organize some competitions. For this reason, the federation delayed the competitions for a few weeks.
The competition dates for the Interclub series are as follows:
- Beginners, Adults and Novices: March 20.
- Seniors, Juniors, Novices, Minors, Adults and Masters: March 27-28.
There are no reserve dates for those competitions.
Of course, organising competitions require that the country's health situation is good enough and that infections are reduced. Right now, with the vaccination program underway, there are good hopes.
However, ice rinks have been closed to other teams, but if the infection situation improves by the end of January, so they may be able to train as well. This applies to teams in the Helsinki metropolitan area; conditions may differ in other parts of Finland.