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The Short Track Speed Skating World Cup is to be held at Főnix Aréna

The first competition in the renovated Főnix Aréna will be the third round of the Olympic qualification of the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup. The event will be held from 18th to 21st November. It will be one of the tournaments where teams can qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Főnix Aréna
Image source: Szabolcs Kandert

The Hungarians will have to compete against the world’s best teams. The Hungarian federation aims to secure the maximum number of Olympic quotas, which would mean 12 competitors at the Beijing Winter Games in February 2022. 

Eight men’s and eight women’s relays can qualify for the Beijing Olympics. 32 individuals can compete for 500 and 1,000 meters, while 36 for 1,500 meters. The three best results of each athlete will count towards the qualifying points race, which will be the basis for a quota. 

A new event at the Olympics will be the mixed relay, which has only been included in the World Cup thus far. There will be 12 mixed relay teams in Beijing, but it is not enough to finish in the top 12 in the World Cup series; it is also a condition that the country concerned must have at least two individual qualification places in each gender.

The Short Track Speed Skating World Cup is a four-round event, with the first in Beijing and second in Nagoya. The third round will be held in the newly renovated Főnix Aréna, while the series ends with the 4th round in Dordrecht, Netherlands, taking place at the end of November.