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Plans to host ski and snowboard world championships in Calgary cancelled

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 10:30 am MDT

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CALGARY – Calgary will not host the world snowboard and freestyle championship next month.

The international governing body of skiing, Freestyle Canada and Canada Snowboard have abandoned plans to hold the championship Feb. 24 to March 14 at Winsport Canada Olympic Park.

Calgary would have been a substitute host for the championship, originally scheduled to be held in China as a test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“Over the past few weeks, our teams have had extensive meetings with all of our key stakeholders including FIS, along with our generous corporate and government partners at all levels,” said Peter Judge, chief executive officer, Freestyle Canada. “At the end of the day – after reviewing all facets of the event – we simply ran out of runway to make these World Championships a reality,”

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Uncertainty over international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic was the primary reason to stop pursuing an event that would have brought roughly 500 athletes to Calgary.

Freestyle Canada and Canada Snowboard were working on hosting a month-long series of international events at Canada Olympic Park, which would have included the world championship.

The organizations will instead try to bring a series of World Cup events to Calgary in December.