Swiss organisers plan for fanless World Cup ski season

Scenes like this, at Adelboden in January, will not be repeated this World Cup season Keystone

No fans, no race ceremonies and no promotional villages are planned at World Cup ski events in Switzerland this season.

This content was published on October 16, 2020 - 11:39

The Swiss ski federation said on Friday that it was working with local organisers to have competitions without the public as coronavirus cases peak in the Alpine nation ahead of the winter sports season.

Crowds of about 30,000 typically attend Switzerland’s signature races on back-to-back Saturdays in January: the men’s giant slalom in Adelboden and the men’s downhill in Wengen.

The 2020-21 season also includes women’s race weekends in St Moritz and Crans-Montana, the World Cup finals week for men and women in Lenzerheide, and a ski jumping event in Engelberg.

Swiss-Ski said no grandstands would be built at those venues, nor fan villages at the races and in resort centres. Some invited guests could attend in restricted zones separated from athletes, coaches and officials.

Season start

The federation said its officials and race organisers would stay in contact with public authorities and could modify plans as the pandemic develops in Switzerland.

The World Cup ski season starts this weekend without fans for men’s and women’s giant slalom races in Sölden, Austria.

No races will be held in the United States and Canada to limit travel and quarantine restrictions for teams. The only scheduled races outside Europe are women’s speed events in China in February to test a 2022 Beijing Olympic course in Yanqing.

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