After the Minneapolis and Canmore cross-country skiing World Cups were cancelled due to fear of the coronavirus, the Quebec City event is still scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday, but the bad news continues.
“These teams are currently in Quebec City and plans will proceed as planned. FIS said in a statement that given the cancellations of Minneapolis and Canmore, the Quebec match will be the tour final of the 2019-20 season. .
In the afternoon, some teams decided not to trust the FIS ruling and returned home. The Swedes are like this, he gave up the Quebec World Cup.
Director Daniel Fahraeus hinted in a statement broadcast by the Swedish media SVT Sport: “Due to the uncertainty of the travel ban and the risk that cross-country skiers will not be able to return from Canada after the weekend,”
“We held a meeting here this morning and decided to follow the restrictions we received from home. It’s sad not to be able to run, but this sport ranks second in this particular situation,” coach Stephen Thomson ( Stefan Thomson) added.
According to the professional website ski-nordique.net, teams in Finland, the UK and Slovenia should follow their example. The day before, people from Norway had evacuated, while four-fifths of Italian sprinters remained at home.
The head of the Quebec World Cup, Gestev, will hold a press conference at 1:30 pm to officially launch the celebration. Gestev announced to the media that after a few hours’ notice, she was forced to postpone the whole thing “in order to grasp the elements of all the answers so that we can fully answer your questions”.
“In terms of our organization, everything is going well and we are ready to host the World Cup this weekend as planned. The company concluded that if the game plan is modified, it will inform you if it is known.
In this case, it is difficult to obtain official information.
FIS earlier announced the cancellation of the Minneapolis World Cup in a statement to prove that its decision was due to the spread of the coronavirus and travel restrictions to the United States.
The statement added: “The health and well-being of athletes and all other participants, as well as the health of the public remains a top priority.”
Related to this, Nordic Canada announced its withdrawal from the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships scheduled to be held in Vernon, British Columbia from March 25 to April 2.