2018 Asian Open Trophy, the first event of the 2018 Challenger Series, takes place at the Imperial World Ice Skating Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 1 – 5.
As per the ISU rules, an International Competition must include entries in at least three disciplines from a minimum of 10 different ISU Members, all disciplines combined. In addition, the minimum number of entries per discipline are as follows:
- Ladies/Men: minimum of eight (8) entries each, from at least four (4) ISU Members;
- Pairs Skating: minimum of five (5) entries from at least three (3) ISU Members;
- Ice Dance: minimum of six (6) entries from at least four (4) ISU Members.
As there are only two pairs teams competing at this competition — Peng Cheng and Yang Jin (China) and Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim (PRK) — this category at the Asian Open 2018 will be considered as an International Competition since the minimum number of entries required for the Challenger Series was not reached.
As well as the pairs team, North Korea has entered one man and an ice dance team in this event.
Videos of some of the performances from this event have been uploaded HERE.