British figure skaters, Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland have had to withdraw from the upcoming ISU World Figure Skating Championships due to Penny being taken in ill in America this week, where she was hospitalised for a few days.
The ice dance couple have been training hard in America, where they are based, in readiness for the World Championships which is the pinnacle event of their season.
Nick Sellwood, Chief Executive of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) said: “Obviously, this news has come as a huge blow to everyone concerned - Penny and Nick were on track to put in some good performances at the World Championships and we know that they are very disappointed that they aren’t able to compete in China next week.
Penny has been working closely with NISA’s medical team, who have confirmed that she is fit to fly back to the UK where she will be treated.
Nick added: “Penny’s health is our main concern and priority right now, and our medical team have made arrangements for specialist treatment here in the UK on her return. We would like to wish Penny a very speedy recovery”.
The news is particularly disappointing for the ice dance pair after they were given no choice but to withdraw from the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm earlier this year after both Buckland brothers were struck by Gastroenteritis.
Nick Buckland’s brother, Joe Buckland, will still compete in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships next week alongside his ice dance partner, Olivia Smart. Amani Fancy and Christopher Boyadji will compete in the pairs event.
The ISU World Figure Skating Championships takes place between Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th March in Shanghai, China.
19th March 2015