Liberec Fears More Losses Over Skiing World Champs

FasterSkierApril 4, 2008

Liberec, the city in the Czech Republic that is the host for the 2009 World Championships is experiencing significant financial hardships and the the venue is not yet complete.

The Prague Daily Monitor reports:

The north Bohemian city of Liberec has sold lucrative plots over the 2009 Nordic World Ski Championships on which it has spent one billion crowns, and it fears further losses will follow, weekly Tyden wrote Monday.

The cause of the fear is the “ever green” cross-country skiing complex at Vesec, part of Liberec, that is situated at an altitude of about 400 meters above sea level, and therefore snow is rare there particularly if winter is moderate like this and last years.

During this year's World Cup event at Vesec, the organizers had to transport tonnes of snow from the nearby Jizerske hory Mountains to be able to build the tracks, and they got into dispute with environmentalists.

Tyden writes that the greatest sports event in the country in the past 38 years, since the ski world championships was held in the High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia, in 1970 when Czechoslovakia still existed, “has made a large dent in the treasury of the once rich Liberec,” Tyden writes.

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Source: Prague Monitor


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