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Another World Cup Cancellation Due To Coronavirus Concerns -- Cross Country Event In Minnesota


Similar to the women's Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Åre, Sweden that was just canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, an event in Minneapolis, Minnesota has also been canceled due to similar concerns.

“We are devastated to announce this cancellation,” said Executive Director of the Loppet Foundation John Munger. ”In keeping with updated information from the Minnesota Department of Health and after consulting with medical advisors, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our community, fans, athletes, staff and volunteers involved in these events.”

The FIS, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and the Loppet Foundation made the decision to cancel the Fastenal Parallel 45 Festival, the Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup, and all associated events scheduled for this weekend, March 14-17, 2020. 

“This would have been the first time in 19 years that the World Cup has returned to the United States,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “We thank the local organizing committee, the Loppet Foundation, FIS and all of the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to get this event off of the ground. However, we will look forward to another opportunity to bring the FIS World Cup cross country back to the U.S.”

Also set for this weekend are the Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup events in Québec. Those events are still scheduled to run as planned on March 14 and 15. The final event on the schedule, set to take place at Canmore, Canada, has also not yet been affected by the outbreak.

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