Last night, the teams from France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Japan and Russia were officially welcomed to Klövsjö, Sweden for the start of the INAS Skiing World Championships that officially gets underway today. The teams were greeted by an amazing display of Northern Lights.
A total of ten countries were scheduled to send skiers to compete in the event. The Czech Republic sent three. Poland sent six. Austria sent eleven. Italy has the second largest delegation with eightteen skiers. Russia sent three skiers. Turkey sent five skiers. Hosts Sweden have fourteen skiers competing. Japan has fourteen skiers. Estonia has four skiers. France has the largest delegation with nineteen skiers set to take part. The competition includes both alpine and Nordic disciplines.
During the event, research will be conducted that investigates potential classification for Nordic skiers with intellectual disabilities, with this research being done with an eye towards potentially including ID para-Nordic skiing on the Winter Paralympic program. Six researchers are involved with the project. They are being led by Belgium’s Debbie Van Biesen.