— Published 12 February 2021

Norway draws the curtain

Radical. Norway have decided to, altogether, cancel the Ski World Cup events in all disciplines, scheduled on their soil until the end of the season. The announcement was made on Thursday 11th February in a press release from the International Ski Federation (FIS). In question, the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In view of the restrictions to fight against the COVID-19 variants imposed by the Norwegian government and announced today, the Norwegian Federation is unable to host competitions until the end of the World Cup season”, soberly explains the international body. These mass cancellations concern both alpine skiing, for which a stage of the Men’s World Cup was to take place from March 4th to 7th in Kvitfjell; cross-country skiing, with competitions scheduled in Oslo (March 12-14) and Lillehammer for the finals (March 19-21); ski jumping, with a nine-day long tour (March 12-21) to Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim and Vikersund; and finally the Nordic Combined, whose circuit included a World Cup from March 11th to 14th in Oslo. FIS has not yet announced what will happen to the various events scheduled for Norway. It would seek to relocate them elsewhere in Europe, so as not to truncate the end of the season and distort the race for the various Crystal Globes of the World Cup.