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13/05/2018
FIS World Championship preliminary Candidate: Bakuriani
Bakuriani (GEO) is bidding to host the 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships. Its profile is featured below:

Bakuriani, the popular ski resort with 4,000 permanent inhabitants, located at an altitude of 1,700 meters, has a great tradition in winter sports as an established training centre used by top-athletes from various nations.

In recent years, the Mountain Resort Development Company (MRDC), the state company in charge of developing Georgian Ski Areas has invested millions of Euros in rebuilding in the infrastructure in the resort which displays a capacity of nearly 30 km slopes and a dozen lifts, including an eight-seat-gondola. Many new hotels opened there, featuring 15,000 beds, with further ones foreseen.

There are presently three distinctive areas dedicated to skiing - Didveli, Kokhta and Mitarbi. In order to possibly host the numerous competitions on the programme of the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, MRDC plans to develop a new part of Didveli which would also become a great place for a future ‘Snow Park’.

Four lifts would be added to bring skiers and riders to the cross slopes, the halfpipe, as well as the moguls and slopestyle venues. These new lifts would also help to connect the slopes of Didveli to the runs of Kokhta located a few kilometers away.

The spectacular big air and aerials competitions would take place in a stunning ski jumping location. It is also a great place to host Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as Medal Awards and other celebrations.

Last February, two ski cross competitions were successfully staged on the Didveli slopes. Many volunteers supported the Organising Committee and a dozen of Georgian sports reporters covered the event, which was broadcast live on national TV.

The Georgian government is strongly committed to hosting international snow sports events. Its Prime Minister, Mr. Kvirikachvili met a delegation of FIS Officials last June to confirm his strong support of Bakuriani’s bid. He wishes to attract more young Georgians to the slopes and promote the mountains to winter tourists.

“People coming to Georgian mountains for the first time will be impressed by their beauty and the quality of our hospitality. We strongly wish to contribute to enlarging the horizon of international snow sports in future,” the Prime Minister commented.
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