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World Cup called because of snow


About 40 centimetres of new snow, poor visibility, and winds in excess of 80 kilometres per hour prompted the International Ski Federation to cancel parallel slalom and snowboard cross events at Kaprun, Austria, last weekend.

While the snow was welcomed by local powder hounds, the conditions made it impossible to "run a safe and fair competition," said FIS race director Ted Martin.

"It was hard to make this decision again today. The organizing committee and everyone involved has put so much effort in making the race happen and it would have been a small consolation to have at least one competition held, but we had no co-operation from the weather."

The event, which is crucial for athletes who still need to earn berths for the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been moved to Ischgl, Austria this weekend. There will be parallel slalom, parallel giant slalom, and a demonstration big air contest, but no makeup snowboard cross.

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