— Published 30 August 2022

Grand premiere in Östersund

History is in the making. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) announced on Monday 29 August that it had awarded the Swedish town of Östersund the right to host the 2023 Nordic para-ski world championships. They will take place from 20 to 29 January. It will be the first Nordic skiing event for the disabled to be organised under the banner of the FIS, the international umbrella body for Paralympic snowsports since the beginning of the year. It was previously overseen by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The original plan was to bring together the disciplines of Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing and snowboarding at the 2023 Para-Snowboard World Championships in the Swedish region of Jämtland. But the event was cancelled after the IPC decided to transfer responsibility for the Paralympic disciplines to the FIS. The 2023 World Championships in Östersund will feature cross-country skiing and biathlon. The two sports are now in the hands of two different international federations, the FIS for cross-country skiing and the IBU for biathlon.