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National Nordic ski championship planned for Vernon cancelled over coronavirus

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March 12, 2020 - 10:43 AM

A national Nordic ski event planned for Sovereign Lake near Vernon at the end of the month has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

The 2020 Canadian Ski Championships were scheduled to be held at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre from March 25 to April 2 and expected to attract hundreds of world-class cross-country skiers.

"The safety and health of athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff is, and always will be, our top priority," says Nordiq Canada in a media release. "COVID-19 is a fast-evolving situation globally and we believe this decision is in the best interest of our broader sport community with regards to handling the situation we are all facing."

Nordiq Canada says the decision was made in support of Canadian efforts to minimize the transmission of COVID-19.

The decision to cancel the event comes just days after the organization sent a media release saying they were ready to host the competition. Previous media reports stated the event would have an economic impact of $2.3 million on the regional.

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