Italian officials made a formal request on Monday to postpone the 2021 alpine skiing world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.
Considering the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic, Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò said “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the worlds being canceled or shortened.
“It’s a decision in which we both lose but we realize this is the best — or maybe the only thing — to do,” Malago said.
The Italian Winter Sports Federation said if the worlds were canceled it would mean a loss of 30 million euros (more than $30 million).
“Postponing the event would allow us to put forth the best in terms of tradition and Italian organization on the path toward Milan-Cortina 2026,” said Flavio Roda, the president of the Italian federation.
The Italian federation presented the proposal during an International Ski Federation (FIS) board meeting following a joint decision by the organizing committee in Cortina, the Veneto region, and the Italian government.
A decision from the FIS is expected on July 1.
Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup finals in March this year due to the advancing virus, which has accounted for more than 30,000 known deaths in Italy.