Latvia offered to host World Championship in bobsleigh and skeleton

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has suggested to organize the world championship in Sigulda during the season of 2020/2021, as well as to host an additional World Cup stage, Zintis Ekmanis, secretary-general of the Latvian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (LBSF), told Latvian Radio on August 27.

In Sigulda, the world championship could be hosted in bobsleigh for two-man carriages and skeleton. The Sigulda track configuration is not appropriate for the bobsleigh fours, so part of the world championship would take place outside Latvia.

The venue and order of the World Championship will be decided at IBSF meeting on 10 September.

"Of course we want this," said Zintis Ekmanis.

On the other hand, the World Cup season is scheduled to start in November in Latvia, and the two stages would take place on two consecutive weekends. The decision on two stages of the World Cup has practically already been made, Ekmanis said.

IBSF could offer up to four stages to two-man carriage bobsleigh in Latvia, but there is no final decision on the seasonal calendar. IBSF wants to reduce the number of tracks in the season, and Sigulda has been chosen as one of the centers of the season, Ekmanis said. He said that LBSF had earned trust of IBSF through its past performance in the organization of international competitions. Sigulda has already hosted stages of the World Cup in bobsleigh and skeleton. 

 

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