Austria's Marita Kramer holds a comfortable overall lead on the women's Ski Jumping World Cup circuit ©Getty Images

Willingen in Germany is poised to host the final Ski Jumping World Cup event before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, with the women's circuit returning after more than three weeks of inaction due to postponements in Japan.

Women's World Cups in Sapporo and Zao were postponed last month because of tighter travel restrictions imposed by Japan in an attempt to combat the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

As a result, competition has not been held on the circuit since the doubleheader as part of the Silvester Tournament in Ljubno on December 31 and January 1.

Overall World Cup leader Marita Kramer of Austria was crowned winner of the Silvester Tournament after finishing second and third in the wo legs.

Kramer has won five events this season, and holds a comfortable lead on 770 points.

Germany's Katharina Althaus is second with 538 points, while a second-place finish in the last competition on home snow in Ljubno moved Slovenia's Urša Bogataj onto 525 in third.

Her compatriot Ema Klinec is fourth on 470, with Japan's Sara Takanashi fifth on 447 after winning the most recent World Cup leg.

Ski Jumping World Cup competition is set to be held on the Mühlenkopfschanze large hill in Willingen ©Getty Images
Ski Jumping World Cup competition is set to be held on the Mühlenkopfschanze large hill in Willingen ©Getty Images

On the men's side, seven World Cup contests have been held since the turn of the year despite the COVID-19-enforced cancellation in Sapporo.

Germany's Karl Geiger reclaimed the yellow bib with two victories at his home event in Titisee-Neustadt last weekend, with Slovenia's Anže Lanišek in second and fellow German Markus Eisenbichler in third making it an identical podium on both days.

Geiger now has 1,097 points for the season, 61 clear of Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi.

Further back in third, Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway has 785, giving him a 42-point cushion over compatriot Marius Lindvik.

Granerud is the defending World Cup champion.

Competition is set to be staged on the Mühlenkopfschanze large hill.

Men's and women's individual qualification is scheduled for tomorrow, as well as the first mixed team World Cup of the season.

Individual World Cups are then due to be held on successive days on Saturday (January 29) and Sunday (January 30).