At the end of May, Italy had asked for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to be moved to 2022 to avoid the risks of the global pandemic. Therefore the Cortina World Ski Championships will be held from 9 to 21 February 2021, as initially planned, and not in 2022, the date assumed during the emergency.
The decision came from the board of the international federation, which also undertook to guarantee 10 million Swiss francs in the event of cancellation due to a possible return of the pandemic. "The ISF (International Ski Federation) has decided to financially support the Italian Federation for a maximum of 10 million Swiss francs, in case of cancellation of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships for a come back of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
It is a form of guarantee that the Federation wanted to give Italy, hoping that there is no need and that the World Cup will take place regularly. We are very happy for the solution found for the 2021 World Championships in Cortina and that the races can remain on the original dates.
The World Cup will be the main event of the season, "said Gian Franco Kasper, president of the ISF.
2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina: a challenge to be won
"FISI (Italian Winter Sports Federation) has collected the will of all the companies interested in the World Championships in Cortina and has recorded a strong push to carry out the event in 2021 and to make resources available so that everything can be done at its best.
it is therefore an interpreter of these wishes and has expressed to the ISF council the Italian need to have the opportunity for an important relaunch, a signal for the whole Paes, "siad Flavio Roda, president of the Italian federation.
"With our willingness to postpone the event, we wanted to give time to the whole local, national and international system to make a masterpiece. But we will be ready in any case, showing that a World Cup can change the history of a territory despite adversity.
We have been working hard and relentlessly over the past few years, without stopping even during the toughest months of the coronavirus emergency. We are finishing the final infrastructure refurbishment to host the competitions.
" said Alessandro Benetton, president of the Cortina Foundation 2021. FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 were played in Sweden, in Are: the best nations were Norway, Switzerland, USA, Austria, France, Italy and Slovakia. The best athletes were the American Mikaela Shiffrin, the Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and the Italian Dominik Paris.