Next weekend’s World Cup opener in Ostersund, Sweden has been moved to Gallivare in North Sweden due to lack of snow and warm temperatures at the original race site.
It was the former FIS World Cup chief, Bengt-Erik Bengtson that made the decision to re-locate on behalf of Ostersund’s organizing committee on Friday.
– We are sorry, but we have to accept the facts. The weather forces are not on our side at the moment. Lack of cold temperatures has made it impossible to make snow and the forecast didn’t show any short term changes, said a disappointed chief of race Tommy Borgh.
The current conditions in Gallivare are very good. The women will ski 10-kilometer and the men 15-kilometer classic on Saturday and the relays will be held on Sunday.