Ski worlds stay in 2021 despite request to delay

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year has been rejected by the International Ski Federation. FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 7-21, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Veneto region of northern Italy was hit hard by the coronavirus and the season-ending World Cup races in Cortina in mid-March were canceled. That week-long event was to be a test for the 2021 worlds. Organizers in Italy said they would face losses of about $34 million if the worlds are also canceled. They asked for a postponement to March 2022.