Snowboard cross postponed because of fog

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 17, 2014 5:55 AM

By Philip O'Connor

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Thick fog in the Caucasus mountains forced Olympic organizers to postpone the men's snowboard cross competition on Monday and it will now have to be rescheduled.

Originally due to begin at 1100 local time (0700GMT), that proved impossible with fog and drizzle shrouding the course. After several delays, conditions remained bad and organizers decided to call off the event for the day just after 1400.

A statement about the rescheduling of the event was due to be made later on Monday.

"We were inspecting the course today in the morning, but I couldn't see more than 10 meters ahead," German rider Konstantin Schad told reporters as he awaited the decision.

"I guess the maximum speed we reach is 80 kmh. There is no way to compete in fog, it's much too dangerous," he said.

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Safety concerns were to the fore after a slew of serious injuries at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park over the weekend.

The worst of these saw Russian ski cross athlete Maria Komissarova undergo back surgery following a serious crash in training on Saturday.

(Editing by Mitch Phillips/Keith Weir)