— Published 8 January 2021

Calgary wants to replace China

The Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta, is applying to host the next Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships, originally scheduled for this year in China (February 18-28), but canceled due to the sanitary crisis. The Chinese withdrawal led the International Ski Federation (FIS) to reopen a call for candidates. The Canadians are responding, with the desire to create a health bubble on the model of the one implemented earlier this month in Edmonton for the junior ice hockey Worlds. The freestyle skiing and snowboarding world championships could be held from February 24 to March 11, 2021. But two conditions remain to be met before the Calgary project can be realised. And they are not small. The first will be to get the green light from municipal, provincial and federal health authorities. The second will be to find funding for an event with an estimated budget of 10 million Canadian dollars (approximately 6.5 million euros). Canada was last host to the World Freestyle Skiing Championships in 2001 in Whistler, BC, and the 2013 Snowboard Worlds in Stoneham. The two events have been organised jointly since 2015. They take place every two years.