Storied Swiss ski races canceled because of virus outbreak

GENEVA (AP) — The signature ski race of Alpine country Switzerland was canceled Monday after Wengen experienced an increase in COVID-19 infections blamed partially on travelers from Britain.

Wengen was to host the storied Lauberhorn conference of 3 races from Friday to Sunday. The traditional males’s downhill on Saturday is the longest on the World Cup circuit and normally draws among the greatest audiences each year on Swiss tv.

The extensively anticipated cancellation was verified by the Swiss ski federation. It followed a 2nd day of talks in between the International Ski Federation and regional organizers with health authorities in the Swiss capital Bern.

The choice came prior to numerous professional athletes and group authorities was because of get here in the town, which is reached by a cog train increasing towards the Jungfrau and Eiger mountains.

It was uncertain if another location in Switzerland might action in to host the arranged downhill and slalom races.

Infections have actually increased amongst homeowners and hotel personnel in Wengen, which is popular with British visitors who assisted develop ski tourist there in the 1920s.

Around 50 of 1,100 homeowners have actually apparently now evaluated favorable in the middle of issues over a version of COVID-19 which was determined in Britain last month.

This was to be the 91st Lauberhorn conference. Wengen has actually been a males’s World Cup component because the circuit began in January 1967, and video footage from the 1969 race was utilized in the Robert Redford motion picture ”Downhill Racer.”

Wengen’s races are the very first cancellations on the males’s and females’s World Cup this season connected to the pandemic.

Schedules were customized – moving races from the United States and Canada to Europe – to safeguard professional athletes and group authorities by restricting travel and contact in between racers in various occasions.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.