This year's International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating season has been rocked by the cancellation of Skate Canada International.
Competition was scheduled to take place from October 30 to 31 at TD Place Arena in Ottawa.
Japan's two-time world medallist Satoko Miyahara had confirmed his attendance, with Canada's ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships silver medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, and bronze medallists Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, also set to attend.
In consultation with the City of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario, Skate Canada made the decision to cancel the event.
They had closely monitored the federal, provincial and municipal health authorities position on COVID-19, and given the evolution of the health crisis and the need to ensure the safety of all participants, decided the appropriate course of action was to cancel.
"The ISU regrets that the hosting of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Skate Canada International is no longer viable and thanks Skate Canada for their continued effort and support," the ISU said in a statement.
Coronavirus cases have recently risen in Canada, with the country reporting more than 189,000 cases and 9,600 deaths in total.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events will feature domestic skaters or those who train in the host country or respective geographical region.
It is scheduled to begin with Skate America in Las Vegas from October 23 to 25, now followed by the Shiseido Cup of China from November 6 to 8 in Chongqing.
Next on the schedule is the Internationaux de France and the Rostelecom Cup, before the NHK Trophy in Osaka from November 27 to 29.
Russian Figure Skating Federation director general Alexander Kogan cast doubt on the staging of the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, however, after he could not guarantee that it could take place.
This year's ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, which was due to be held from December 10 to 13 in Beijing, has been postponed.
It was due to take place at the Capital Indoor Stadium, which is scheduled to host figure skating and short track speed skating during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The ISU cited the proximity to festive holidays and National Championships as reasons behind the decision, while also highlighting that the number of participants could be affected depending on the status of quarantine regulations.