In light of the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus, the FIS Council held an emergency telephone conference meeting earlier this week to discuss the FIS World Cup competitions for the final three weeks, with a specific focus on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Cortina (ITA).
The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS.
The Council agreed to make a final decision on the staging of the FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Cortina on Friday 6th March (17:00 cet), which is the date specified by the Italian Regional Government and Health Authorities in Veneto authorities for their next general update in regard to the status of controlling measures that have been undertaken to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus and any measures that will be implemented.
In the upcoming weeks, there is an extensive programme of FIS World Cup competitions in each of the disciplines that are being staged as scheduled. Norway features strongly during the coming period with the annual Nordic Holmenkollen weekend in Oslo, which is also the start of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Raw Air Series for women and men that heads to Lillehammer, Trondheim and Vikersund, while the men’s Audi FIS World Cup is in action also in Norway in Kvitfjell. The next women’s competitions take place in Are (SWE) with a parallel event, giant slalom and slalom on the programme.
This weekend the FIS Freestyle World Cup features the final aerials event and penultimate moguls competitions in Krasnoyarsk (RUS), with the FIS Snowboard riders racing in Sierra Nevada (ESP) and onwards to Livigno (ITA).
The highlight of the season for Ski Jumping, the FIS Ski Flying World Championships is eagerly anticipated. The tribunes were recently installed and the Organisers have reported ticket sales of more than 10,000 in the last week alone.
For all FIS World Cup and other level competitions, FIS is maintaining the existing principles applied since the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus, which are to fully comply with the instructions and decisions of the National and Regional Governments and their Health Authorities.
Additionally, FIS remains in constant contact with the hosting National Ski Associations and Organising Committees to provide support including information about measures undertaken by other Organisers.
Should any changes to the current competition calendars be necessary as a result of measures imposed by National and Regional Governments, they will be announced as any decisions are made.