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Altenberg lands 2020 IBSF Worlds, St. Moritz to stage para event

The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has awarded hosting rights for its 2020 Bob & Skeleton World Championships to the German town of Altenberg, while St. Moritz in Switzerland will stage the 2017 Para-Bobsleigh & Para-Skeleton World Championships.

Altenberg last staged the Bob & Skeleton World Championships in 2008, and hosted men’s bobsleigh competitions in 1991 and 2000. The town also held men’s skeleton events in 1994 and 1999.

St. Moritz had been in the running to stage the event before withdrawing, paving the way for Altenberg to host the competition.

This year’s event was staged in Igls, Austria in February. The competition will travel to Sochi, Russia in 2017 and Whistler, Canada in 2019 before Altenberg plays host in 2020. No event will be staged in 2018, due to it being a winter Olympics year.

The St. Moritz-Celerina Bobrun track, which will be the venue for the 2017 Para Worlds, has hosted 22 World Championships in the past and was also used during the 1928 and 1948 winter Olympics.

The IBSF also confirmed that Oberhof in Germany will stage the 2017 Push World Championships.