Are, Sweden – March 11, 2020
In an announcement on Wednesday, FIS has cancelled this weekend’s Women’s World Cup races in Are (SWE) in a precautionary measure in face of the international Coronavirus crisis. The cancellation officially ends the 2019-2020 Women’s World Cup season.
In a statement FIS cited “The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders”. The decision follows the move to cancel the World Cup finals in Cortina (ITA) following the severe Corona virus outbreak in northern Italy after the area underwent an outbreak that has since infected thousands and caused nearly 500 fatalities. The Are (SWE) races were to be held this coming weekend March 13 – 15 but were going to exclude fans and other “non-essential personnel” to the race.
The sudden end of the season leaves Italian dynamo Federica Brignone (ITA) as the Overall Crystal Globe winner earning 1,378 points, 153 points ahead of her nearest competitor Mickaela Shiffrin and 189 points ahead of Petra Vlhova (SVK). Brignone also takes the Crystal Globe in the Giant Slalom and Alpine Combined.