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Figure skating: Yuzuru Hanyu to skip Grand Prix series due to virus concerns

Two-time Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu will certainly remain the International Skating Union’s upcoming Grand Prix series due to concerns regarding the unique coronavirus, the Japan Skating Federation claimed Friday.

In a declaration with the federation, Hanyu, that has bronchial asthma, claimed he was taking the preventative measure due to the greater danger he deals with from the pneumonia-causing coronavirus.

“As people with respiratory problems are at greater risk of becoming severely ill, I want to be as careful as possible,” Hanyu claimed.

“By exercising self-restraint, I can also contribute to the effort to stop the spread of infection.”

It will certainly be the very first time the 25-year-old Hanyu, a four-time Grand Prix Final champion, has actually missed out on the series, apart from with injury.

With Japan limiting the entrance of international ticket owners due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hanyu might have been incapable to train with his Canadian trainer Brian Orser had he contended in the customized series.

Events in the upcoming Grand Prix — which notes the begin of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics preseason — will certainly be restricted to professional athletes based in the nation where each round is held. Skaters will certainly be restricted to disputing a solitary occasion in the series, instead of the typical 2.