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Street League Skateboarding released its 2020 World Tour schedule in January and, considering the impending Summer Games, it was a big one. Originally planned as three stops, the organization has decided to pull Las Vegas and Beijing off the schedule due to health concerns. This leaves London, slated for May.
This SLS season is historic because each World Tour stop will be worth the highest point value in the Olympic qualification system. The SLS World Championships in London also enables the top three finishers to go directly to the Olympics. But with the first two stops canceled, how will this affect the inaugural Olympics skateboarding events? The ripple effect that Coronavirus has had throughout the world—everything from Disneyland to Tom Hanks to the NBA have felt some measure of impact—is mind-boggling.
“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the Coronavirus”
Read the official SLS statement below:
“Due to the potential serious health concerns caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and the associated travel restrictions, the first two stops of the SLS World Tour in Las Vegas and Beijing have been canceled. After careful consideration, given the global scope of this rapidly developing situation and following the recommendations of medical professionals and governmental officials, the decision to cancel the events has been made to best protect the health, safety and well-being of athletes and fans, which is always our top priority.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates regarding the SLS World Championship which is currently scheduled for May 22-24, 2020 in London.
“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the Coronavirus and we’d like to thank all of our partners, skaters, & fans for their continued support during this challenging time. For more league information, please visit www.streetleague.com.”
Every year, Street League is a highlight for The Berrics. Last time around, we went to there with Chad Muska and he got some priceless behind-the-scenes clips for us. Watch that edit, from July 2019, below: