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The president of Fondazione Cortina 2021, Alessandro Benetton: “Thanks to the great synergy between the institutions and the local area, we will show that despite the current situation we will be able to honour our country.”
Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 2nd July 2020 – Fondazione Cortina 2021 acknowledges the decision of FIS to hold the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships from 7th to 21st February 2021 in Cortina d’Ampezzo as planned. The Queen of the Dolomites will once again play host to one of the greatest alpine skiing events and will finally welcome the men’s competitions back to Tofane as well.
This decision has been taken by FIS after CONI and FISI—in agreement with the local organising committee and institutions—had provided the International Ski Federation with an assessment of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed their worries about the local area, which would risk not being able to enjoy the event to the full and host it in the best way possible.
“Our proposal to postpone the event was aimed at giving more time to the whole local, national and international alpine skiing system in order to successfully organise an unforgettable event,” stated Alessandro Benetton, President of Fondazione Cortina 2021. “But we will be ready in any case and we will show that these World Championships can change the history of a region despite the current difficulties.
We have worked hard and non-stop over the past few years. We never stopped, not even during the toughest months of the coronavirus emergency. The team is ready and we are completing all the infrastructure projects to be ready to host the competitions.
From the institutions to the liftties, from the hoteliers to the many social and economic categories—everyone is at our side to keep working with enthusiasm and confidence during the next few months on the road to the World Ski Championships. We are aware that we will have the responsibility to organise the first international sporting event after the COVID pandemic.
Cortina 2021 will play a decisive role to bring positive energy to the country and make everyone look to the future with confidence and feel proud to be Italian”.
As regards infrastructure, the legacy that the 2021 World Ski Championships will leave is already a reality. Thanks to Fondazione Cortina 2021—in concert with the Government Commissioner Luigi Valerio Sant’Andrea and the local institutions—many sports facilities and facilities in general have been built according to a definitive operational plan in order to host this great international event in the best way possible. The main infrastructure projects have been carried out in the Tofana ski area, where the competitions will take place.
The works on the slopes Olympia, Vertigine, Druscié A have been completed; a new slope has been created (Lino Lacedelli slope in Cinque Torri), the first Italian public slope dedicated to training sessions and competitions and equipped with all the safety features; a new cable car has been built, Cortina-Col Drusciè “Freccia nel cielo”, thanks to a public-private investment; a new, modern avalanche control system has been implemented to protect the whole ski area in Pomedes – Ra Valles; the Rumerlo Finish Area has been redesigned and completed in order to make it suitable to host other events as well, and make Cortina an even more popular tourist destination all year long.
We are completing other infrastructure projects: we hope we’ll be able to complete the new Son dei Prade – Bai de Dones cable car before winter. This new cable car will reduce the traffic towards the Falzarego pass, thus making it possible to reach the Tofane ski area in a more sustainable way.
All Fondazione Cortina 2021 partners, who over the years have decided to join the organisation of the World Championships, thus sharing the values of sport, have confirmed that they will keep supporting the vision and project of Cortina 2021 despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaboration sees the event as a privileged platform for communication and a unique opportunity for social and sporting engagement.In order to ensure that the event takes place as safely as possible, Fondazione Cortina 2021 will keep an open dialogue with FIS, CONI, FISI and the relevant institutions in order to monitor the situation in the coming months, both in Italy and abroad.