Cortina requests one year delay of 2021 Alpine World Ski Championships
Italian ski officials have requested that the 2021 Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo be pushed back to March 2022, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals 2020 scheduled for mid-March, the main dress rehearsal for the championships, were cancelled with Cortina, which will host the 2026 Winter Olympics with Milan, and the Veneto region of Italy, among the earliest and hardest-hit areas.
FISI, the Italian winter sports federation, and the local organising committee for the 2021 championships said the ongoing restrictions, and unprecedented financial implications, mean it will not be able to play host on 7 to 21 February next year, and want the event delayed until after the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
A full cancellation of the championships would cost in the region of €30 million ($33 million), FISI told FIS, the international ski federation, during yesterday's online council meeting.
FIS said: "Due to the multiple implications, the matter has to be carefully analysed by all the stakeholders: the Local Organising Committee, the Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI), FIS and Infront [the body's commercial rights partner]. Consequently in agreement with FISI, the Council decided that the situation will be reviewed until 1st July 2020."
The Alpine World Ski Championships are held biennially, with Courchevel-Meribel in France due to play host in 2023.
The election for the host of the 2025 edition will occur at the FIS council meeting on 3 October, which the governing body hopes can be held in Zurich. The congress is due to take place a day later.
Crans Montana (Switzerland), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) and Saalbach (Austria) are bidding to host the 2025 Alpine World Ski Championships, while Trondheim (Norway) is the sole candidate to host that year's Nordic event.
The application of Krasnoyarsk for the FIS Freestyle, Snowboard & Freeski Events is subject to the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on the eligibility of Russia to bid for major events, following its doping-related ban.
The FIS will continue to receive bids for the 2024 Ski Flying World Championship until 1 March, 2021 following the withdrawal of Harrachov by the Czech Ski Association.
Meanwhile, the FIS World Cup calendars for the upcoming 2020-2021 season were all approved, while Swiss-Ski confirmed the re-inclusion of the Lauberhorn men’s downhill in Wengen in the men’s FIS Alpine World Cup calendars for 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Last week Swiss-Ski submitted a request to remove Wengen from the 2021-22 World Cup calendar and replace its races with events at another Swiss location following a spat over their commercial arrangement, principally the split of media rights.