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IPC Snowboard builds calendar with new events in North America and Asia

IPC Snowboard, the global governing body for para-snowboard, has included its first events in North America and Asia on its 2015-16 calendar.

IPC Snowboard will stage a total of seven World Cup events and three Europa Cups in the 2015-16 season, while the new discipline of giant slalom will also feature for the first time.

Aspen in the US and Big White in Canada have both been scheduled to stage events from February 4-6 and February 9-13, respectively, while Yongpyong Alpine Centre, a venue that will be used during the 2018 winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, will also host an event on March 6-7.

The 2015-16 season will once again begin with a Europa Cup event on the indoor slopes at SnowWorld Landgraaf in the Netherlands on November 18, followed by a banked slalom World Cup event at the same venue on November 19 and 20.

Two new World Cup venues have been added in Les Angles, France and Trentino, Italy. The French resort of Les Angles will host the Europa Cup Finals from March 8-11, before athletes take part in a snowboard-cross and banked slalom World Cup at the same venue from March 9-12. The World Cup Finals in Trentino will take place from March 17-18.

Dimitrije Lazarovski, head of snow sports at the IPC, said: “We have added Asian and NORAM Cups to expand the depth of competition across the world and continue to grow the sport, giving athletes more opportunities to compete.

“It will also be the second full season of banked slalom, head-to-head format for snowboard-cross and the separation of the lower-limb impairment classifications, as well as the new addition of giant slalom to the Europa and new Asian Cup programme, so we really hope to accelerate to new heights.

“We are aiming to attract more athletes and countries as we build towards the PyeongChang 2018 winter Paralympic Games where we will now have an incredible 10 medal events, a significant increase from the two we had at Sochi 2014.”