The 2023 FIS Para World Snowboard Championships was meant to take place in January. Due to the lack of snow in the La Molina in the Spanish Pyrenees, the competition has now been moved to 9 to 18 March.
According to a statement by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), the lack of snow is critical.
“The unseasonable warm temperatures across much of Central Europe over the holidays have created a current critical snow situation in La Molina, forcing the postponement of the competition.
“FIS would like to take the opportunity to thank the Organising Committee for their flexibility and determination to stage a top World Championship for the Para Snowboard athletes.”
This isn’t the only event that’s suffered due to the critical lack of snow in central and western Europe. World Cup events in the Italian, Austrian and Swiss Alps have had to be cancelled.
Euronews reports that last year was the hottest on record in both Switzerland and France, with the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation saying the past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record.
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