QUEBEC CITY – Nordiq Canada announced the team will be withdrawing Team Canada from the 2020 FIS Cross-Country World Cup scheduled for the Plains D’Abraham, near Quebec City this weekend (March 13-15).
“Our number one priority is, and always will be, the safety and health of our athletes and staff. We feel this is the best course of action to do our part in keeping, not only each and every athlete and staff member safe, but also the general public,” stated a Nordiq Canada press release.
Despite Canada being the host nation of the world cup event, the decision was made in solidarity with other Nordic teams including Norway, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and the United States.
The decision comes on the heels of Nordiq Canada cancelling the 2020 Canadian Ski Championships and the Alberta World Cup Society putting a halt to the staging of the world cup finals at the Canmore Nordic Centre (March 19-22).
“This decision supports Canada’s efforts to minimize the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is a fast-evolving situation globally," stated the press release.
The Canadian cross-country team trains out of the Canmore Nordic Centre and includes Emily Nishikawa, Dahria Beatty, Katherine Stewart-Jones and Sam Hendry.