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Sweden to host 2023 World Para Snow Sports Championships

Hosting rights to the 2023 World Para Snow Sports Championships have been awarded in Sweden to Östersund and Åre, while the International Ski Federation (FIS) has revealed six bids for its four World Championship events in 2024 and 2025.

World Para Snow Sports said the Para alpine skiing and Para snowboard Worlds will take place in Åre, while Östersund will be home to the Para Nordic Skiing Worlds – featuring biathlon and cross-country events.

A total of 750 participants, including athletes, guides and coaching staff, are expected to take part in the World Championships. It is the first time Sweden will host a World Championships in Para alpine skiing and Para snowboard, and the second in Para Nordic skiing, following Solleftea in 2013.

Åre is also part of Stockholm’s bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Stockholm Åre 2026 bid is competing against a rival candidacy from Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy.

Dimitrije Lazarovski, head of World Para Snow Sports, said: “We have worked with the Local Organising Committee in previous opportunities and know that athletes and fans can expect amazing events.

“Bringing together all Para snow sports World Championships to the same region is a great way to increase the visibility of the sports and the host city, provide more commercial opportunities and attract new fans. These are exciting times for us.”

Lillehammer, Norway, will host the next World Championships in 2021. It will be the first time the same city organises the Para Alpine Skiing, Para Nordic Skiing and Para Snowboard Worlds.

In other news, the FIS has announced that Crans-Montana (Switzerland), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) and Saalbach-Hinterglemm (Austria) will compete for hosting rights to its 2025 Alpine World Ski Championships.

This follows a deadline of May 1 for bids, with the 2025 Nordic World Ski Championships and Freestyle, Snowboard & Freeski World Championship, along with the 2024 Ski Flying World Championship seemingly having their destinations in place.

Each event has received one bid apiece. Trondheim (Norway) is the sole bidder for the Nordic World Ski Championships and Krasnoyarsk (Russia) for the Freestyle, Snowboard & Freeski World Championship. Harrachov (Czech Republic) has entered a bid for the Ski Flying World Championship.