The organizers of the Swiss stages of the 2020-2021 World Cup have decided that their competitions will take place behind closed doors.
Following an in-depth analysis of the Covid-19 situation and an agreement with Swiss-Ski, the Swiss organizers of the 2020-2021 Alpine Skiing World Cup events have decided that their competitions will in principle take place without an audience this winter. .
The primary objective of Swiss-Ski and the Swiss organizers of the World Cup events is to ensure the smooth running of all events in Switzerland during the 2020/21 season, despite the difficult context. At the same time, the health risks for all groups of people involved should be minimized. For several weeks now, the organizers of the World Cup events and Swiss-Ski have maintained intense and constructive exchanges with the various stakeholders, in particular Swiss Olympic.
No villages, no stands
In consideration of the risks, it has been decided that the Alpine Skiing World Cup and the Ski Jumping World Cup competition in Engelberg will be held without an audience. Only a few guests will possibly attend the competitions on site in specific areas away from the teams.
No spectator stands will be erected in St. Moritz, Adelboden, Wengen, Crans-Montana, Lenzerheide and Engelberg; the organizers also refraining from setting up fan villages and marquees in the finish areas and localities hosting World Cup events. The prize-giving ceremonies and the draws for the bibs will also take place without an audience.
Swiss-Ski and the Swiss organizers of the World Cup events will continue to follow developments in the Covid-19 situation very closely and will remain in close contact with the national and cantonal authorities. They reserve the right to make adjustments to the concept relating to spectators depending on the development of the pandemic in Switzerland.
New digital offers
Thanks to the protection concept developed jointly, Swiss-Ski and the organizers of the World Cup events are convinced that they can ensure the smooth running of the various competitions on Swiss snow, both in terms of sport and safety.
“We are working hard with the organizers, our host broadcaster SRG SSR and all stakeholders to offer snow sports enthusiasts around the world, as well as our partners and sponsors, a quality audiovisual product for different platforms, explained Diego Züger, co-marketing director of Swiss-Ski. We also want to engage fans through new digital offerings, such as the FIS E-Game and a prediction game. (Predictor Challenge).»
Diego Züger concludes with optimism: “Thanks to the great understanding and commitment shown by all stakeholders, in particular our sponsors and partners, it will be possible to successfully manage this upcoming World Cup season together. difficult announcement. ”