The last slopestyle event of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard World Cup season, due to take place in Špindlerův Mlýn later this month, has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed by the Czech Government over concerns regarding coronavirus.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Špindlerův Mlýn alerted the FIS to the fact that the Czech Government would be reviewing all upcoming sport and cultural gatherings that could see 5,000 or more individuals in attendance for potential health risks.
With emphasis put on the fan and spectator experience at the "SnowJam" event, scheduled for March 20 and 21, the LOC decided that it would not be feasible to hold competition.
The FIS says it seems unlikely that a replacement venue can be found at this late stage of the campaign.
It insists, however, that an announcement will be made at a later date should a solution arise.
If not, the current World Cup standings will serve as the final rankings.
The Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE) FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup has been cancelled. More info here - https://t.co/0BOg5VxXmE— fissnowboard (@fissnowboard) March 4, 2020
Japan’s Ruki Tobita tops the men’s standings with 1,616.40 points, with New Zealand’s Tiarn Collins second on 1,340 and the United States' Dusty Henricksen third on 1,290.
In the women’s standings, Britain’s Katie Ormerod leads the way with 2,600 points.
Canada’s Laurie Blouin is second with 2,200 points, while compatriot Brooke Voigt is third with 1,250.
Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 100,000 worldwide since originating in China.
The Czech Republic's Ministry of Health reported yesterday that the number of people infected in the country had risen to 12.
Out of the four new cases since Wednesday (March 4), two are people who were in contact with previously confirmed patients and the two others are a man from Prague and a man from Italy.