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Ten Canadian short-track speed skaters will compete for the first time this season at the world championship next month.

The races in Dordrecht, the Netherlands March 5-7 will mark Canada’s first competition since the COVID-19 pandemic brought competition to a halt last March.

All six World Cups, including those scheduled for Montreal in Laval, Que., in November, 2020, were cancelled.

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Charles Hamelin leads the way for Canada, competing in the world championship for the 17th time. He has reached the overall podium seven times at the worlds and has a total of 36 medals.

Steven Dubois, Courtney Sarault and Alyson Charles will each compete at their second worlds.

Florence Brunelle, Danaé Blais, Claudia Gagnon, Maxime Laoun, Jordan Pierre-Gilles and William Dandjinou will make their world championship debut.

Three-time Olympic medalist Kim Boutin has opted not to compete.

“I feel really excited and blessed to get the chance to finally skate again,” Sarault said in a statement. “We faced a lot of challenges this year, so it will be interesting to see how our year of just training and no competitions pays off.”

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