BREAKING NEWS: Event organizers cancel UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Rabenstein (Italy) due to bad weather

04 Feb, 2014

 

News Release

Event organizers cancel UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Rabenstein (Italy) due to bad weather

4 February 2014, BERN, Switzerland: The 5th stage of the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Rabenstein, Italy which was to  be held this week (7-9 February) has been cancelled by local organizers due to safety concerns caused by heavy snowfall.

The decision was made today by event organizers after they met with local government officials to assess the situation in the village  after   more than 2 meters of snowfall  in the past few days.  

Snow has blocked the road to the village and created the danger of avalanches in the area. Local organizers said the decision to cancel the event was made because they could not guarantee the safety of athletes and spectators.

UIAA Ice Climbing president Urs Stoecker said the decision to cancel the event was made in consultation with local organizers who are best positioned to assess the situation.

"This is an unprecedented situation and the safety of our athletes who attend the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup was the most important factor in making this regretful decision,” said Stoecker.

The 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World takes place in six venues. Events have already been in Cheongsong (Korea), Busteni (Romania), Saas Fee (Switzerland) and Champagny-en-Vanoise (France). The last competition in the tour after Rabenstein takes place in Ufa, Russia from 28 February – 2 March. Winners are declared at each stage of the competition and overall champions based on a cumulative point system are announced at the end of the season.

About the UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has a global presence on five continents with 80 member associations in 50 countries representing about 2.9 million people. The organization's mission is to promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide, advance safe and ethical mountain practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection. The UIAA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee for mountaineering and climbing.

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