The pandemic of the COVID-19 is still going strong, not to torment the sporting world. Laurence St-Germain, and the best alpine skiers of the planet will appear as the next to be sacrificed with the possible deferment of the world championships in February 2021 to march 2022.
More than eight months of the scheduled event in Cortina d’ampezzo, from 8 to 21 February, the Italian Federation of winter sports has asked the international ski Federation (FIS) to push the championships beyond olympic winter Games in Beijing. The FIS has indicated that it will analyze this option by 1 July.
“This is not crazy. I have so much uncertainty about the next season that I like better to be sure if there will be or not of the world, rather than asking me how will my preparation. As Canadians, we are a little disadvantaged compared to Europeans. Most countries are already beginning to ski, while we, we don’t even know yet when we will start. In terms of volume on the snow, we will be disadvantaged, ” said Laurence St-Germain, 6th in the slalom at the world championships in Are in February 2019.
The unknown for the moment
First country to massively proven by the epidemic which has reached over 33, 000 deaths, Italy befriends a gradual return to normal, but the financial issues related to the world of skiing has led the sports authority to play it safe in view of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19.
The unknown on the next season of the world Cup leaves canadians without a response on the date of their first training camp on snow. Obviously, there will be no skiing for them before the month of August. The experiences of recent years in New Zealand and South America, during the summer months, appear improbable. A training block in Europe longer than in the habits might as well be privileged.
“We don’t know anything. Coaches prepare for different scenarios, but all will depend if the borders are open to be free to return to the country easily, ” said the Quebecer.
“If everything opens, our coaches are going to hope to take the first plane to go there, but it is more realistic to think in terms of the month of August because I do not want to make false hopes to ski in July. “
A winter 2022 requiring
If the postponement of the world of 2021 is granted, there would be more rehearsals before the games in 2022. Suddenly, the elite alpine would be deprived of major appointments during the three years since the world championships are presented every two winters.
“A race remains a race “, it qualifies the athlete from Saint-Ferreol, despite the fact that it does not cover the importance of ” having the world championships as a practice for the olympic Games, saw that there was a level of stress higher than a world Cup “.
Participate in two major events and closer to the end of the winter 2022 will hide, however, an order demanding, according to St-Germain.
“The most important thing, this will be the fatigue to manage. It’s going to be asking to complete the olympic Games and to have the world championships immediately after. This will surely be demanding for the stress. ”