Yongpyong Snowboard Cross canceled over safety concerns

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 7, 2011 4:17 pm

Monday’s World Cup snowboard cross in Yongpyong, South Korea, has been canceled after competitors and coaches complained about the difficulty of the course.

An emergency meeting was held on Sunday night to discuss the athletes’ concerns, and the event will now be rescheduled for another venue.

“The turns were very tight, on a very steep pitch,” said Canadian team coach and former snowboard cross champion Drew Neilson “With the speed involved, if there was an accident, there would be nowhere for anyone to go. … It’s a dangerous sport.”

Pyeongchang is mounting its third bid to host the Winter Olympics, and the cancellation comes just before an International Olympic Committee team is due in South Korea from Feb. 16-19 to inspect the city’s 2018 bid.