The 2021 International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships has been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.
Sydney was scheduled to hold the event only for it to be called off with the ISU citing the "pandemic developments and related impact on the organisers and participants" as the reasons for the cancellation.
The Australian city will now have to wait until 2023 to stage the annual event which sees competitors from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas battle it out for glory.
The ISU has also cancelled next year’s Four Continents events for short track speed skating which was due to be held in Salt Lake City in America and speed skating which was set to take place in Calgary in Canada.
The news of the cancellations comes just two days after the ISU called off the Skate Canada International which was scheduled to be held in Ottawa later this month.
The 2020 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships took place in Seoul in South Korea with Japanese duo Yuzuru Hanyu and Rika Kihira winning the men’s and women’s events respectively while Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China retained the pairs title.
The ice dancing competition was won by Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States.