World Cup close to the start: the ice is being tested now in Debrecen’s Főnix Arena
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Debrecen Főnix Aréna

World Cup close to the start: the ice is being tested now in Debrecen’s Főnix Arena

The organising committee revealed that the technical conditions were almost ready for the international event.

6 October 2021

While the official handover of Főnix Arena, which is currently being constructed and decorated for the competition weekend scheduled in Debrecen as part of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2021, will not take place until 20 October, a site visit by the organising committee on 6 October revealed that the technical conditions were almost ready for the international event.

Representatives of the press were shown around in the arena undergoing a significant transformation by Lajos Kósa, president of the Hungarian National Skating Association (MOKSZ), Orsolya Váradi, Managing Director of the Organizing Committee and András Becsky, Managing Director of Debrecen Sports Center. The hosts of the mini-event reported that MOKSZ had an agreement with Debrecen Sports Center on the upgrading of the ice-making equipment at the almost twenty-year-old Főnix Arena, and the smooth availability of ice would be ensured by an external compressor. Furthermore, it turned out that second line contestants of the short track branch would already have test sessions on ice at the multifunctional event centre on 8 and 9 October.

The Hungarian short track team is ready for the competitions to be held as part of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series 2021. The first one will be in Beijing (21-24 October), the second in Nagoya (28-31 October), the third in Debrecen (18-21 November) and the last in Dordrecht, the Netherlands (25-28 November). Out of the achievements during the four-stage World Cup series, the top three results will be considered in the award of quotas for the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022.

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