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Papadakis, Cizeron withdraw from Grand Prix

French ice dance world champions eyeing return at French nationals
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The concussion Gabriella Papadakis suffered in August has delayed the start of her and Guillaume Cizeron's season. -Getty Images

World ice dance champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have withdrawn from their events in this season's Grand Prix Series due to the lingering effects of a concussion she suffered in August, the French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG) announced Wednesday.

The team was scheduled to compete at Trophée Eric Bompard this week and the NHK Trophy at the end of November. The press release stated that they plan to make their season debut at the 2016 French Figure Skating Championships, Dec. 17-20 in Épinal.

Papadakis and Cizeron skipped the French Masters, which marks the unofficial beginning of the figure skating season in France, in early October. At that competition, one of their coaches, Romain Haguenauer, told icenetwork that the team planned on competing at the Grand Prix in Bordeaux.

That changed Wednesday, when, after consulting with the French team physician and Canadian neurologists, the French federation decided it was in the team's best interest to withdraw from its upcoming Grand Prix assignments, citing precautionary reasons.

Papadakis suffered a fall during a training session on Aug. 28. According to Haguenaur, as of a month ago, she and Cizeron had resumed their regular training regimen.