Zhangjiakou in China was today chosen to host the 2021 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, just a year before the venue is due to stage the same sports during the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Genting Resort, located nearly 200 kilometres northwest of the Chinese capital, was the only candidate and selected unanimously by the International Ski Federation (FIS) at its Council meeting in Cancun.
"I can’t think of a more appropriate host for the 2021 Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper." Ideally, the World Championships will serve as the final test event for the Olympics, giving the organisers the best possible experience to prepare for the Games. It is also one of the key developing regions for freestyle skiing and snowboarding, making it a perfect fit to develop and promote the sports strongly over the next five years."
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