Luge world championships won't be held in Canada in February

Canada will not host the luge world championships next year, with officials announcing Wednesday that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic left them no choice but to consider another site.

The biggest impediment was the 14-day quarantine that would be required of any foreign athlete entering Canada for the championships, which were to take place from Feb. 5-7 in British Columbia at the Whistler Sliding Center -- built for the 2010 Olympics.

Canadian officials could not guarantee that quarantine rule would be lifted by February, and that forced the International Luge Federation to cancel the plans to hold worlds in Whistler.

"Unfortunately, a proper realization of this major event is not possible under the given conditions and regulations," FIL executive director Christoph Schweiger said.

The FIL said it will decide on an alternative venue in the coming weeks.

For now, the bobsled and skeleton world championships for this coming season are still on as scheduled in Lake Placid, New York, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14. Also still scheduled: A luge World Cup competition in Lake Placid on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, which would have been the tour stop immediately before the world championships.

The luge, bobsled and skeleton World Cup seasons are all scheduled to start in late November, but there have been indications that changes could come.