Lillehammer (RWH) The IBSF Para-Sport World Championships 2022 are scheduled in Lillehammer in Norway this weekend (26 and 27 February). For the sixth time since the World Championships premiere in 2016, athletes with disabilities will be competing for World Championship medals; in 2020, the race fell victim to the COVID19 pandemic.
There are 17 athletes from eleven nations competing in Lillehammer. In the para-sport of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), women and men compete on an equal footing. Four race runs count towards the World Championships, with two runs per day.
The defending champion is Jonas Frei from Switzerland, who won the title in St. Moritz in 2021. Lonnie Bissonnette from Canada won silver then ahead of Sebastian Westin from Sweden with bronze.
„I wish I could be there to watch you compete“, said IBSF President Ivo Ferriani in a video message from the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. „You are extraordinary athletes. Together we will continue to push for a future that will allow you to also compete at the Paralympics. Good luck, enjoy the event, stay involved and continue to create a legacy for generations to come.“
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