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No Beijing 2022 FIS Test Events staged during 2020-21 season

2020-12-04 15:35:00 Xinhuanet

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have agreed that in terms of the current global COVID-19 situation, no FIS Test Events for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing will be staged during the 2020-21 season.

The FIS said the affected events are FIS Freestyle Ski, Snowboard, Freeski World Championships, FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup, and FIS World Cups for ski jumping, Nordic Combined, Alpine and cross country.

"The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many parts of the world means that travel restrictions are currently in place, including a current mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international visitors to China," the FIS explained in a statement.

"With the Beijing competition venues all scheduled for completion by the end of 2020, all stakeholders felt that the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 are well on track and that removing the Beijing Test Events for FIS events will reduce the complexity of this season for all involved, including the athletes," it added.

"Following discussions of all parties, it is planned to re-schedule test events on different levels until 2022," said Beijing 2022 organizers.

"We were hopeful that staging the Test Events in China would be possible this season," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper. "But the current second wave of COVID-19 has resulted in very strong travel restrictions that made it virtually impossible to stage international competitions."

"It was a difficult decision to make, but thanks to the advanced level of preparation by the Beijing 2022 team, we know all venues will be operating at the highest standard in time for the Games in February 2022."

The FIS said it is working with the BOCOG (Beijing 2022 organizing committee) to make the venues accessible in the lead-up to the games. For some disciplines this would include re-scheduled Test Events on different levels until 2022. For all other disciplines, national events including only Chinese athletes, will be held to test the venues. Enditem

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