French ice skaters withdraw from European Figure Skating Championships due to virus risk

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PARIS, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Olympic ice dance silver medallists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron decided to skip next week's European Figure Skating Championships, said the French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG) on Thursday.

"Considering the health situation and the evolution of COVID in the world, and more particularly in Europe, the pair, who train in Montreal, judged it unreasonable to travel and take the risk of contracting COVID-19," said the FFSG.

"Testing positive at this stage would put their preparation and even their participation in the Games in doubt," it added.

Papadakis/Cizeron won five consecutive European titles from 2015 to 2019. They lost to Russian ice dancers Sinitsina/Katsalapov for the 2020 European title but haven't competed against them since.

The European Figure Skating Championships would start on Monday in Estonia. Enditem

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