The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup parallel slalom race scheduled for Jan. 1, 2016 in Munich, Germany, has been canceled. The announcement was made at the FIS Technical Meetings in Zurich, Switzerland, today where all of the FIS World Cup calendars are being finalized for the upcoming season.
The German Ski Federation (DSV) and the leaders of the Olympia Park Munich made the difficult decision not to stage the races due to previous difficulties in organizing the competitions. The New Year’s Day races have been canceled the previous two seasons due to a lack of suitable weather conditions.
“We are obviously very disappointed that we, despite intensive efforts, have failed to find a solution to host the World Cup in Munich,” said DSV President Dr. Franz Steinle. “But after the cancellations in the past two years it would have been for our athletes, spectators and volunteers, and not least to the FIS and our partners not responsible again to take such a high risk of not being able to stage the races.”
Despite the cancellation of this year’s event, the German Ski Association and FIS continues to see great potential for an alpine race on New Year’s Day.
“January 1 is and will remain a highly attractive showcase for our sport that we want to use part of the FIS calendar in the future,” said FIS Chief Race Director Markus Waldner. “Therefore, we will explore together with the German Ski Association if there is an opportunity in 2017 to carry out such an event again in Germany.”
Release courtesy of FIS