On behalf of the International Skating Union and the Bulgarian Skating Federation, the Organizing Committee has the honor and pleasure to invite you to the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships® 2010 Sofia, March 19th – 21st, 2010 to be held at the Winter Sports Hall – Sofia, Bulgaria. CONDITIONS OF CONTEST The ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2010 will be held over distances of 500, 1000, 1500 and 3000 meters individual for Ladies and Men and relay races over 3000 meters for Ladies and 5000 meters for Men. The program will be according to Rule 281, paragraph 1 g) of the 2008 ISU Regulations. PROGRAM (The below program is subject to change depending on the final entry of skaters and the actual agreement with the host broadcaster.) Thursday, March 18th, 2010 09:00 Official Training 19:00 Welcome Meeting Friday, March 19th, 2010 12:30 Opening Ceremony 13:00 1500 meters Ladies/Men Relay Ladies 3000m, Semi-Finals Saturday, March 20th, 2010 12:30 500 meters Ladies/Men Relay Men 5000m, Semi-Finals Sunday, March 21st, 2010 11:00 1000 meters Ladies/Men 3000m Super Final Ladies/Men Relay 3000 meters Ladies Final Relay 5000 meters Men Final Awards Ceremony 20:00 Closing Banquet TRACK CONDITIONS AND RINK DIMENSIONS The Winter Sports Hall features an artificially refrigerated indoor ice surface of 60 x 30 meters. Protective Padding will cover the boards in accordance with Rule 280, paragraph 5 and ISU Communication No. 1512. The standard track will be laid out at 111.12 meters to the lap. ENTRIES Preliminary Entries with provisional names and requirements of accommodation and training must reach the Organizing Committee office by February 19th, 2010. Final Entries must reach the Organizing Committee by letter, fax or electronic mail not later than March 14th, 2010 (see Rule 295, paragraph 4). Entries must be accompanied by the official “ISU Declaration Form” as per Rule 131. Entries by fax or e-mail must be confirmed by a letter sent out simultaneously to the Organizers (Rule 115, paragraph 5). The completed Declaration Form must be signed by the competitors and also by all officials (including team officials) appointed by the Member serving at an ISU Event (Assistant Referees, Assistant Competitors Steward, Team Leaders, Coaches, Team Medical Doctors, Physiotherapists, Team Officials who are requesting accreditation for the Event). In case of competitors who are not full of age (under 18), such Declaration must be co-signed by at least one of the parents or other guardian at law. Each Entry Form and Declaration Form must be signed by an authorized ISU Member Representative such as President, General Secretary, Executive Director, CEO (Rule 104, paragraph 4). For more details please refer to Rules 115, 131, 295 and ISU Communication No. 1523 or any update of these Communications. Competitors must be present in Sofia at the latest at 18:00 h on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 or the Organizing Committee must received documented proof that the competitors are in transit and will arrive in due time for the Championships. Competitors who do not comply with these requirements will be excluded. Individual entries: a) Each Member has the right to enter at least two competitors in each category; b) Each Member may enter the names of substitutes corresponding with the number of ordinary entries. In accordance with Rule 281, paragraph 2 a) and ISU Communication No. 1565, the following list of ISU Members may enter more than 2 competitors: Ladies Men Canada 3 competitors Canada 3 competitors China 3 competitors Japan 3 competitors Republic of Korea 3 competitors Republic of Korea 3 competitors USA 3 competitors USA 3 competitors Relay entries: The entry quota for the Relay competitions at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2010 will be determined by the World Cup classification in accordance with Rule 281, paragraph 2. Special attention must be paid to Rule 286, paragraph 4, in regard to the requirement that relay participation is known before the start of the last World Cup Competition of the season. DRAWING AND SEEDING PROCEDURE The drawing and seeding procedures will be carried out in accordance with Rule 281 and Rule 296. POINTS AND CLASSIFICATION Final points will be awarded in the final races only. No points will be awarded to skaters or teams if disqualified or unable to finish the race. The points 34, 21, 13, 8, 5, 3, 2, 1 are awarded in descending order commencing with first place (according to rule 295 paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 8). ANTI-DOPING Anti-Doping tests will be carried out in accordance with the valid ISU Anti-Doping Code (ISU Communications Nos. 1520, 1546 and 1547, or any further update of these Communications). OFFICIAL HOTEL FOR ALL PARTCIPANTS Kempinski – Hotel Zografski Address: 100, James Bourchier Blvd. 1407 Sofia, Bulgaria Phone: +359 2 969 2222 Fax: +359 2 969 2223 BOARD AND LODGING The Organizing Committee will provide meals and lodging (starting with lunch on Thursday, March 18th until lunch on Monday, March 22nd) for all entered skaters and one team leader from each participating Member. All teams arriving before Thursday, March 18th or leaving after Monday, March 22nd must pay for the extra cost directly to the O.C. upon arrival. Method of Payment: Cash in EUR or Credit card – Maestro, Master Card, Visa, Visa Electron, and Diners Club International. Hotel prices: €105 - Double Occupancy room (incl. three meals), €135 - Single Occupancy room (incl. three meals), The listed rates are per person, per night and including taxes. 1 meal /lunch/ will be provided at the ice rink on competition days (Friday-Sunday). Accommodation requests must be made directly to the Organizing Committee according to the attached form not later than February 19th, 2010. Please note that all arrangements for accommodation must be made through the Organizing Committee. TITLES AND MEDALS The winners of the Championships (according to Rule 133 paragraph h and j) will bear the following titles: “World Short Track Speed Skating Champion or Lady World Short Track Speed Skating Champion for 2010”; World Short Track Speed Skating Champion or Lady World Short Track Speed Skating Champion 500/1000/1500 meters for 2010 and will receive the ISU gold medal. The second and third placed skater will receive the ISU silver and bronze medals respectively. The winning Team of the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2010 for the relay event will bear the title “World Short Track Speed Skating Relay Champions or Ladies World Short Track Speed Skating Relay Champions for 2010” and will receive the ISU gold medal. The second and third placed relay teams will receive the ISU silver and bronze medals respectively. LIABILITY In accordance with ISU Rule 119 paragraph 2, the International Skating Union, the Bulgarian Skating Federation and the Organizing Committee assume no responsibility or liability for bodily or personal injury or property loss or damage incurred in connection with the competition. Each Member is solely responsible for providing insurance coverage with respect thereto. MEDICAL INSURANCE It is the sole responsibility of each Member participating in an ISU event as defined in Rule 107, to provide medical insurance for their athletes. Proof of such can be requested by the Organizing Committee. ENTRY VISA REQUIREMENTS Should you need assistance to obtain a Bulgarian entry visa or require a specific letter of invitation, please contact the Organizing Committee. PRACTICE SESSIONS All practice sessions will take place at the competition venue. The Official Practice Session will be held on Thursday, March 18th, 2010. The Official Training will be scheduled by the Organizing Committee after receiving the final entries. Additional practice sessions starting Monday, March 15th, 2010 may be booked through the Organizing Committee. Each training session (50 minutes) will be charged €115. Payment for practice ice time must be paid in EUR to the Organizing Committee upon arrival. For practice ice prior to Thursday, March 18th 2010 please contact the Organizing Committee as early as possible as requests will be taken in the order in which they are received. Please notify the Organizing Committee of your request for ice training session using your Preliminary Entry Forms. Medical coverage will be provided for official and unofficial practice sessions in accordance with Rule 140. TRANSPORTATION The Organizing Committee will provide transportation from and to Sofia International Airport. Shuttle service will also be provided between the hotel and the Winter Sports Hall during the official competition period at no expense to the participants. The date, airline, flight number, expected time of arrival and the date and time of departure should be communicated to the Organizing Committee as soon as possible, but not later than February 19th, 2010. Transportation for additional practice sessions could be arranged on request by the Organizing committee. MEDIA ACCREDITATION The Organizing Committee will post a special form in regard to the media accreditation procedure on the website of the competition at http://www.2010wstssc-sofia.com. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE All correspondence and Entries must be addressed to: Address: 75 Vassil Levski Blvd., floor 7, room 716 1040 Sofia, Bulgaria Phone: +359 2 93 00 577, Phone/Fax: +359 2 980 94 58 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: http//www.2010wstssc-sofia.com Additional information will be available on the website of the competition.