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Paralympic Ski World Cup 2020 comes to Dresden and Altenberg

News - 01.10.2019

The saxon capital Dresden and the winter sport destination Altenberg will organize together a Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Cup in January 2020. Between 10 and 19 January 2020, World Cup races will be held at both locations and in the classes of sit ski, standing ski and vision impairment athletes. Three disciplines are offered: sprint, distance and biathlon races.

World premiere: FIS World Cup and Paralympic competitions in one place

The sprint will be on the original track of the FIS Cross-Country Sprint World Cup Dresden, right in front of the impressive skyline of Dresden. The qualification runs take place on Saturday, 11 January 2020, following the World Cup races of the FIS Ski World Cup. On Sunday, the 12th of January 2020, the finals will follow after the Team-Sprint. For the first time, olympic and paralympic athletes fight for World Cup Points at the same time and place. The venue for the distance and biathlon races is the Sparkassen- Arena Altenberg, around 50 kilometers south of Dresden.

The Altenberg & Dresden 2020 World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup, so the official name of the sports event, is part of a World Cup series developed by the International Paralympic Committee IPC between December 2019 and March 2020, which will also takes place in Norway and Sweden. Due to the logistical challenges, World Cup competitions are only once in a month and usually scheduled over a period of 10 days. For January 2020 was initially a World Cup in Ukraine scheduled. However the organizing committee there has canceled the World Cup. So then the IPC inquired the organizers of the FIS Ski World Cup Dresden as hosts. After first discussions in June this year, the planning was finalized in late summer.

Dimitrije Lazarovski, Head of World Para Snow of the IPC:

„We are excited to share thrilling news with our Para sport community as the World Cup in Dresden marks the first time that FIS and World Para Nordic Skiing have a joint event. Biathlon and cross-country can call Germany their home and we know how passionate Germans are for these sports. This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see the amazing performances of some of the world’s best Para skiers and for our athletes to be part of such an important competition. It has always been our intention to offer athletes the best conditions to fulfil their potential and to do so in an inclusive environment. Para sport events have the strength to change attitudes towards people with disabilities like no other. This is just what Dresden is doing by hosting able-bodied and Para Nordic skiing events in one World Cup. I would like to thank the Organising Committee and their partners for making history. I would also like to thank FIS for being such an important ally in the development of our sport.“

Background and facts

Local organizer of the Paralympic World Cup will be the Skiclub Elbufer e.V., whose team organize the FIS Ski World Cup Dresden. For the competitions in Altenberg, members from the local ski club SSV Altenberg with President Gunter Kaden and from the local city with Mayor Thomas Kirsten are added.

As a result of the event, the Free State of Saxony has the opportunity to sign up as a present cosmopolitan host. Besides the Paralympic World Cup has positive tourism effects to Dresden and Altenberg. The athletes bring that local hotels of Dresden and Altenberg in January about 3000 overnight stays. In addition, a Paralympic Ski World in Dresden and Altenberg is a great signal for the cooperation between city and rural area.

About 300 athletes and supervisors are part of the Altenberg & Dresden 2020 World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup and will stay in Saxony for 10 days.

Statements

Thomas Stantke, chairman of the local organizer Skiclub Elbufer e.V.

„The hosting of a Paralympic Ski World Cup in Dresden and Altenberg completes our concept of a sustainable and for local economy and tourism with positive effects associated sports event. It becomes clear, how closely and successfully Dresden and Altenberg in the Ore Mountains can work together. For the people in Saxony, a Paralympic World Cup is an exciting experience that shows, what people with disabilities are able to do. We look forward to an intensive preparation time and a great cooperation with Altenberg.

Thomas Kirsten, mayor of Altenberg

„We are very happy about the request for a Paralympic World Cup here in Altenberg. Inclusion and the coexistence of disabled and non disabled people have a long tradition in in our city. In 2011, the National Winter Games with 600 mentally handicapped athletes from all over Germany have already taken place in Altenberg. The Paralympic Ski World Cup in January 2020 is an exciting aspect for our tourism. Hundreds of athletes come to our region and generate lots of overnight stays. Who once come to our beautiful Ore Mountains will also come back. Especially since we are UNESCO world cultural heritage.“

Peter Lames, sports mayor of Dresden

„The extension of the FIS Ski World Cup Dresden by an Paralympic World Cup is logical. Due to the already existing infrastructural conditions, organizial structures and the already existing public preception is the Paralympic World Cup an ideal integration. Dresden wants to promote sport for people with and without disabilities. The Paralympic World Cup is the right way.“

Ralf Rombach, german national coach Paralympic Ski Nordic & Biathlon „For the first time, a Paralympic and a classic FIS World Cup will be held at the same time and the same place. I am looking forward to this premiere and to the impressive conditions in Dresden. My predecessor as national coach Werner Nauber was born in Saxony and is now really happy to experience such a World Cup in his home country. My greatest respect and thanks to the organizers in Dresden and Altenberg. I know what it means to realize such a project in such a short time.“

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