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Bidding launched for IPC para-snow sport showpieces

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed that the bidding processes have been opened for the Alpine Skiing and Snowboard World Championships in 2019 and the Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon World Championships in 2021.

The Alpine Skiing and Snowboard event will take place in the year after the 2018 winter Olympic Games, which are to be staged in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon event is to take place in 2021 as part of the build-up to the 2022 winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

Interested parties can place bids for alpine skiing, snowboard and one for both cross-country skiing and biathlon, while both IPC bodies are open to proposals for joint Championships. Countries interested in hosting the events have until December 15 this year to place a bid.

This year’s edition of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships took place in Wisconsin, US, while the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships ran from March 1-10 in Panorama, Canada. The Spanish resort of La Molina staged this year’s IPC Snowboard World Championships from February 23-28.

Dimitrije Lazarovski, head of IPC Snow Sports, said: “The 2019 and 2021 editions of these Championships will be incredibly important for the growth of all the sports particularly in Asia, as we have two consecutive Paralympic Winter Games taking place in the region. We are focusing a lot of our efforts on developing para-snow sports there and we expect to have more athletes than ever before from those countries.

“We have also increased the scale and quality of each of the World Championships every time, with very successful Worlds in 2015 that increased broadcasting and media interest and raised organisational standards across the board. This is great for the sports, the host countries and resorts.

“We are looking for organisers that want to put their own unique mark on the Championships and help us once again take the sports to the next level.”