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Oberhof and Whistler to host luge worlds

The International Luge Federation (FIL) has awarded its 2023 World Championships to Oberhof in Germany and approved a plan to relocate the 2021 edition of the showpiece event from Calgary to Whistler in Canada.

The decisions were taken at the FIL Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where Oberhof was confirmed as the host of the 2023 championships after emerging as the only remaining candidate.

It will be the fourth time that Oberhof has staged the event, with the German town set to stage the International Biathlon Union World Championships in the same year.

Oberhof was originally a candidate for the 2021 World Championships, which were awarded to Calgary. However, Luge Canada lodged an application to move the event to Whistler after WinSport, the operator of the track in Calgary, said that it would not be able to guarantee that renovation work would be completed ahead of the championships.

Whistler, which staged the 2013 edition, submitted the only application to host the championships by the June 1 deadline.

Whistler also played a central role at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.