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FISE World Series unveils destination shortlist for expansion events

The FISE World Series has unveiled a shortlist of four candidates to host new action sports events on its annual calendar from 2016.

Denver in the US, Edmonton in Canada, Kazan in Russia and Qatar are in the running to stage the 2016 to 2018 FISE World Series, which will include the first ever BMX Freestyle UCI World Cup cycling event.

Three of the destinations will join the series, with Montpellier in France, Chengdu in China and Langkawi in Malaysia already on the calendar, to bring the total number of events to six. The winning bids will be announced this autumn after the FISE World Series Committee initiates discussions with the final contenders.

The shortlist has been revealed after the FISE World Series launched a tender process earlier this year to find additional host cities for its emerging sports of BMX, skateboard, roller sports, mountain biking and wakeboarding.

“The FISE World Series Committee was delighted to see the high level of interest expressed by numerous cities worldwide, all working towards achieving similar goals of encouraging sports participation, engaging with youth and promoting action sports, as well as developing tourism through sporting events to draw social, cultural and economic benefits to the city and the country as a whole,” the series said.