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16.10.2020

Swiss Alpine Ski World Cups basically without spectators

There will basically be no supporters on site during FIS-stamped competitions in Switzerland this winter. So decided by the various organizers, in consultation with Swiss Ski and Swiss Olympic, in order to respect the measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which is rapidly regaining ground in Europe, but especially in Switzerland.

This unanimous decision was taken in order to ensure, despite everything, the smooth running of all ski competitions to be held in Switzerland in order to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible. However, the various organizers had been working on this possibility for several weeks and therefore chose to follow this path after many discussions.


Whether in Crans-Montana, but also in Adelboden, Wengen, Saint-Moritz, Lenzerheide the competitions will take place behind closed doors.


Neither tribunes nor fans zones


This initiative was taken early enough in the season so that the organizers could limit the costs of building temporary infrastructure. Thus, no grandstand or fan zones will be installed on the various competition sites, and no official ceremony will be organized in the heart of the stations. An area for guests from sponsors and partners, without contact with staff and World Cup athletes, will only and possibly be set up at the race sites. “Thanks to the concept of protection jointly developed, 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”, enthuses the national body.


A global plan put in place between Swiss Ski, Swiss Olympic and the various organizers will allow the various sites to limit economic losses while ensuring the sporting and economic viability of the competitions. In addition, the SSR, host broadcaster of the races in Switzerland, will allow the public to follow all the large-scale winter events in Switzerland as closely as possible.


Naturally, however, the race committees reserve the right, depending on the development of the crisis, to reassess the situation with the competent authorities.