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The world’s best alpinists will plunge down towards the Ofotfjord in 2029. Photo: Jan-Arne Pettersen / Organizer Narvik 2020 / NTB

Of NTB | 04.06.2024 22:03:01

Sport: – This is a great day for everyone who is fond of sports. The World Cup in alpine skiing is one of the world’s biggest sporting events and is followed by TV viewers across large parts of the world. Over several decades, Norway has distinguished itself as one of the world’s best alpine nations, and finally we get to experience a WC on home ground, says ski president Tove Moe Dyrhaug to the ski association’s website.

– A day of jubilation for Norway and Norwegian skiing, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre to NTB.

– A huge day for Norwegian sports, Narvik, the region and the whole of Norway. Congratulations! It is well deserved and about time, says Culture and Equality Minister Lubna Jaffery in a statement to NTB.

– Now we will see alpinists at the top of Narvikfjellet plunging down towards the fjord in spectacular surroundings. It will be a unique experience for both performers and audience both in Narvik and at home in front of the screen. It is important that we host such wonderful and unifying championships, because they create memories that bind us together.

Narvik’s mayor Rune Edvardsen was present during the FIS meeting in Reykjavik.

– This is a fantastically good day for Ski-Norway, Northern Norway and Narvik. Many people have made this possible: Good northern Norwegian forces, national authorities and the ski association, he says.

FIS President Johan Eliasch stated at the start of the ceremony where the host cities for the WC in 2028 and 2029 were to be announced that due to the quality of the applications, for once, they have chosen to designate two host cities for the Alpine WC at once.

This means that Val Gardena in Italy also received the Alpine WC on Tuesday. That championship will be held in 2031.

Eliasch encouraged Andorra to seek the World Cup again. He said all three applications were of excellent quality.

Chairman Knut-Erik Dybdal of the Alpine WC 2029 knows that there is a big job ahead.

– Now we are looking forward to the next stage, together with the Norwegian Skiing Association, the municipality, business and sport. This will be exciting and demanding. Planning and eventually realizing the WC project is a big team effort that requires expertise of various types and a lot of hard work, he says.

The former top cyclist Thor Hushovd has been a front man in lobbying towards the award.

– Since we started this work, we have been aware that this is not a sprint, but more like a marathon. We have seen that other good candidates have also gone through several rounds before finally reaching the top. For Norway, it is about making the decision-makers confident that Narvik and Northern Norway can deliver a championship of the highest class, he has stated.

The International Skiing and Snowboarding Federation (FIS) announced its decision after a board meeting ahead of Wednesday’s FIS congress in Reykjavik. There, Narvik got the nod after they lost to Swiss Crans Montana in the battle for the WC in 2027 two years ago.

The World Alpine Championships have never taken place on Norwegian soil, apart from the Winter Olympics in 1952. After the Oslo Games, it was decided that they also had the status of a WC. Hafjell and Kvitfjell have previously been Norwegian applicants, without being heard. In just under five years, Narvik will be the destination for the world’s best alpinists.

(© NTB)

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