Russian FIS World Cup events cancelled amid financial concerns

Two International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard World Cup events scheduled to take place in Russia next month have been cancelled due to financial reasons, the sport’s global governing body has announced.

The city of Kazan had been due to stage World Cup events in the snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom disciplines from February 24-26 but both competitions have been called off. The FIS did not elaborate on the “financial reasons” behind the decision.

The Russian Snowboard Federation is working with the FIS to look for possible replacement competitions in Russia on the same dates.

Last month, Russia opted to hand hosting rights for the upcoming Cross-Country World Cup Finals back to the FIS. The decision came after the FIS provisionally suspended six cross-country skiers who are among 28 Russian athletes being investigated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for doping offences. The 28 athletes competed at the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which yielded five medals in men’s cross-country skiing for Russia.

The IOC’s actions came after the publication of the completed World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) Independent report earlier in December. The Cross-Country World Cup Finals had been due to take place in Tyumen in March.