GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of Alpine skiing’s World Cup revealed a season schedule Thursday that limits the risk from the coronavirus pandemic but retains races in China to test a venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Two women’s races in Yanqing, northwest of Beijing, in February is the only stop outside Europe for men or women all season. Officials had previously ruled out having any races in the United States and Canada to minimize travel issues.
Still, men’s race director Markus Waldner cautioned officials “the chance is high that we cancel some events this season.”
“The general picture is not good,” Waldner told ski officials worldwide in an International Ski Federation online presentation. “It’s a very complicated equation.”
Gerdol said the downhill and super-G races in China were “really important” to have after the planned men’s World Cup test races in February were canceled. They were among the first international sports events affected by the spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
Several men’s and women’s races in March, including the World Cup finals meeting at Cortina d’Ampezzo in northern Italy, were also canceled. Cortina d’Ampezzo is scheduled to host the two-week world championships in February even though organizers had asked for a postponement to 2022.
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