The Italian winter sports activities federation (FISI) will ask to push back the 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo by a yr due to uncertainties linked to the Corona Virus, the top of the nation’s Olympic committee mentioned.
Should the request to stage the occasion in March 2022 be accredited, the World Championships would happen in the month after the Winter Olympics in China.
“We’ve been engaged on it for years … however tomorrow (FISI President) Flavio Roda will deliver to the (International Ski Federation) board the request to transfer the World Championships from February 2021 to March 2022,” CONI President Giovanni Malago mentioned in an interview on state broadcaster RAI late on Sunday.
Malago mentioned Italy’s sports activities minister had been knowledgeable and that the choice had been taken for safety causes and was “a selection of widespread sense.”
Gianpietro Ghedina, mayor of the ski resort of Cortina in northern Italy, mentioned on Facebook that the choice had been made to make sure the safety of athletes and all of the individuals attending the general public occasion.
“The dangers would be rather a lot if the epidemic ought to restart in the autumn. Cortina deserves this worldwide sports activities occasion and desires to host it in the very best circumstances,” Ghedina added.
Italy has been one of many worst-hit nations in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, with virtually 32,800 deaths and shut to 230,000 circumstances.
Cortina, situated in the Dolomites, can even host the 2026 Winter Olympics along with the northern Italian metropolis of Milan.