The Norwegian Organisers have made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Alpine Junior World Championships.
«We have come to a situation where the number of corona cases has nearly doubled in the space of 24 hours and the virus has attained status as an international pandemic. Even though we have kept to all guidelines, and we are in an area where there is not a single confirmed case of a person infected by the virus, we have chosen to cancel,» informs Sverre Håkon Evju who is also the Doctor of the Championships.
There are over 300 athletes in the Championships from a total of 40 countries.
«We wish to point out that we are not doing this because we have cases of corona infection. We are doing this precisely because we have no cases of corona infection.», added the Chief Medial Officer.
Erik Plener, leader of the Organisation of the Alpine Junior World Championships supports the decision.
«It is a wise decision and it is better to be safer than sorry. It is better to cancel while the athletes still have the possibility of travelling home – rather than having 500 people in quarantine for 14 days», he adds.