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Figure Skating Joins List Of Casualties For Ontario Winter Games
It has recently been announced by Skateontario.org that they were informed by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that the 2016 Ontario Winter games have been canceled and as a result there will be no Figure Skating event along with any other sport. This is due to the fact that they could not locate a host community within sufficient time to host this epic event.
It was not so long ago that Skate Ontario introduced members of their 2015 Winter Games Figure Skating Team. There was talk of great potential that had recently been brought to the team and how they were looking forward to carrying on in the great tradition of memorable performances at the Canada Winter Games.
With athletes that in their own words represented the highest level of skating available in the province along with their enthusiasm and impressive results from national and regional competition at the time, there was justifiable pride in the coming together of such an impressive field of individuals who would be able to display to the world, there impressive talents for one and all to appreciate.
The last winter games that were held were in Prince George, British Columbia during the last two weeks of February 2015, and with no municipality having put forward a bid to host the 2016 Ontario Winter games, it will inevitably dampen a lot of spirits not just in the Figure Skating camp, but in all the other sports as well that in total comprises some 2700-3500 top athletes.
So what can be expected for the future? A statement released in February 2016 by the Ministry of Tourism Culture & Sport said everyone needs to understand that for such an event to take place there needs to be municipalities making a bid to host the event in the first place.
Surprisingly, this has not been the case in 2016. As a result there will now be a new simplified bidding process for all future events which will also include increased funding by 30% with extended timelines on all the bids. The spotlight on all young up and coming bright young athletes will now be on hold, until 2018, they disclosed.