In an official communication Wednesday, FIS announced that the alpine World Cup opening races in Soelden, Austria will take place one week earlier than originally scheduled. The races are now set for Oct. 17-18, instead of the originally planned dates of Oct. 24-25.

The women’s giant slalom will be on Saturday, Oct. 17 and the men’s giant slalom will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18.

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According to reports, the shift in schedule was a joint decision between the local organizer and the Austrian Ski Association in conjunction with broadcasters and the FIS. The aim is to provide the safest possible conditions amid the pandemic.

By moving the event up, it will be easier to utilize the Rettenbachferner glacier exclusively for World Cup competition, thereby providing better separation from tourists and the general public. It will also be more manageable to arrange accommodations for teams according to needs and regulations.

No other details have been offered at this time. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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