WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) – The signature Alpine skiing race in Switzerland risks being dropped from the World Cup schedule because of a money dispute with the national ski federation.
Organizers of the Lauberhorn menâ€™s downhill in Wengen traded statements with Swiss-Ski on Wednesday and confirmed their ongoing legal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The public spat followed Swiss-Ski declining to propose the three-race Lauberhorn meeting in January 2022 on that seasonâ€™s World Cup calendar managed by the International Ski Federation (FIS).
The Swiss ski body said it â€œcannot meet the financial demandsâ€ made by the organizing committee in Wengen.
Because of the case at CAS, the federation said it limited its risk on the 2021-22 schedule by proposing a placeholder â€œSwitzerlandâ€ designation instead of Wengen.
Wengen has been a fixture on the menâ€™s World Cup since the debut 1967 season, and next Januaryâ€™s races will be the 91st annual Lauberhorn meeting.
The Saturday downhill typically attracts 30,000 spectators to the mountain and one of Swiss televisionâ€™s biggest audience ratings each year. Swiss racers have won six of the last 11 editions.
Wengen officials said the dispute centers on its share of television rights from Swiss-Ski.
They criticized an â€œunsportsmanlikeâ€ approach of the national federation in withdrawing the calendar proposal without consultation.
The dispute has been aired publicly as Swiss-Ski leader Urs Lehmann, a former downhill world champion, is campaigning to be president of world governing body FIS.
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