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FIS remains confident in PyeongChang 2018 preparations

The International Ski Federation (FIS) remains confident that next year’s warm-up events in PyeongChang ahead of the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea will go ahead as planned despite delays in construction projects.

PyeongChang’s Jeongseon ski resort is set to host two men’s World Cup races in February 2016 as a test before the winter Olympics are staged there two years later.

The two races have been placed under threat due to lengthy construction delays. A snow-making system is yet to be developed, while the building of the resort’s gondola lift, which must be completed by January 10, is also behind schedule.

FIS general secretary Sarah Lewis said that Doppelmayr, the company constructing the lift, would “send an extra team” to aid building work. Markus Waldner, director of the men’s race, also believes everything will be completed on time.

He told the Associated Press news agency: “We have no doubt but we know there are delays. We push the organisers. On paper it works, in reality, we’ll see. The concrete is there, they are working 24 hours, seven days. It is so important to have these test events now. There is an option to move it to 2017 but in case there is bad weather and it has to be cancelled, we would have no tests at all before the Olympics. That is not good.”

The Jeongseon resort will host a men’s downhill event on February 6 and a super-G event the following day. Waldner added that course itself would be completed by early November. The 2018 winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang from February 9-25.