Saturday's Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals cancelled

High winds in and around competition venue lead to cancellation of Saturday's competition 16 Mar 2013
A picture of a venue from the air

"Laura" Cross-country Ski and Biathlon centre is one of the venues for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games

ⒸSochi 2014

Due to strong winds at "Laura", the competition venue for the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals in Sochi, Russia competition scheduled for Saturday 16 March has been cancelled.

The teams captains meeting scheduled for today has also been cancelled.

The jury is considering the possibility of holding a sprint competition tomorrow afternoon (17 March) however this will be dependant on the weather. If there will be a competition tomorrow there will be a team captain’s meeting in the morning.

A decision on tomorrow will be communicated by 20:00 local time on Saturday evening.

Around 146 athletes from 16 countries are in Sochi for the World Cup Finals which also acts as a test event for next year's Winter Paralympic Games.

Competition is due to run through to Thursday.

Live coverage of each medal event can be found at www.ParalympicSport.TV.

Regular updates can also be found at @IPCNordic and

Daily reports of all the action will also be published at

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will take place between 7-16 March and are set to feature 700 athletes from 45 countries. They will compete in five sports – alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. Para- snowboard will make its Games debut as part of the alpine skiing programme.