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Kim Jong Un opens North Korea ski resort, Russia banned from 2022 Winter Olympics + 8 dead after ski resort gas explosion. ROLLING









NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM NOVEMBER 2019

TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER

NEW SKI RESORT FOR NORTH KOREA

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has officially opened the nattily names, Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center.

It is aimed for people to enjoy "high civilization under socialism" according to an official state report.

North Korea's state TV showed footage of the resort including thousands of soldiers and flag-waving civilians and children welcoming Kim.

Tourism is excluded from the UN sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear weapons program.

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MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER

RUSSIA BANNED FROM BEIJING 2020 WINTER OLYMPICS

Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA.

It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Russia will also be barred from the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar.

Athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.

A total of 168 Russian athletes competed under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the country was banned following the 2014 Winter Games that it hosted in
Sochi.

Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports.

Russia has 21 days to appeal against the ban.

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER

8 DIE IN SKI RESORT AFTER GAS EXPLOSION

The bodies of four children and four adults have been found in the rubble of a three-story building in the southern Polish ski resort of Szczyrk.

It followed a gas explosion.

200 people, including fire fighters and police, took part in the rescue efforts.

No-one else has been reported missing.

An investigation is underway.

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FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER

TICKETS FOR 2020 SKI WORLD CUP FINALS ON SALE

The finals in Cortina will feature five days of races and events, nine races and 12 16 FIS Alpine World Cup titles: 12 events, two Overall and two Team titles.

150 athletes from 20 nations will be taking part.

Tickets for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals can now be purchased online at the Cortina 2020 website

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THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER

POST DELIVERY BY DRONE IN FRENCH ALPS

The French post office is reportedly using drones to deliver mail to snowy alpine villages.

News reports say the idea is to save time, reduce pollution and avoid the snow.

The service using the courier firm DPD whose drivers in the Isere region launch the drones from a platform on their vans at Fontanil-Cornillon.

According to an article in The Times the drones can carry parcels weighing up to 2kg.

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The drones travel almost 5km to the village of Mont-Saint-Martin, where they deposit the post in a bin at the town hall for collection.

The road to the village is often impassable by snow.

Even when it is not, the journey by road takes 30 minutes.

The Swiss Post Office already uses drones for some remote alpine areas.

TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER

NEW HEADLINE SPONSOR FOR CITY SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

The annual racing event, which attracts 250 skiers, will take place in Courmayeur in Italy from 30th January to 2nd February.

For the next three years, its title sponsor will be the global real estate company, Knight Frank.

The City Ski Championships, organised by Momentum Ski, have been running since 2000.

PlanetSKI was there in 2016 when it was held in Verbier.
Skiers from the City of London's biggest property, financial, management consultancy, insurance and legal firms, as well as other industry sectors take part.

As well as racing, there's entertainment and business networking.

Knight Frank has been a sponsor since 2015 but is stepping up to become the main title sponsor.

The inner-city snowsports youth charity Snow-Camp will again be the Championships' charity partner.

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It will be contributing by running a new event during the Championships.


SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER

US SKIER SURVIVES AVALANCHE

The man was completely buried while skiing Guller Creek in the backcountry.

The area is about a mile west of the Copper Mountain ski resort in Colorado.

His friends were able to dig him out in time.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Centre described the avalanche as a "hard slab avalanche that broke on weak layers near the ground."

The avalanche danger level is currently at 3 across much of the mountains which mean there is "considerable" risk of avalanche.

"Human triggered avalanches are likely on slopes greater than 35 degrees," said CAIC in a tweet.

 "Avalanches will be largest and most dangerous on north and east-facing slopes."

SHIFFRIN PUSHED INTO THIRD

The US skier had to settle for bronze at the giant slalom in Vermont.

If Mikaela Shiffrin had won she would have been equal second on the women's all-time list of winner with the Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll who had 62 wins.

Lindsey Vonn tops the list with 83.

The race in Vermont was won by the Italian skier, Marta Bassino.

Her fellow Italian Federica Brignone came second.

Shiffrin has another chance for a 62nd career win in the slalom event on Sunday.

The GB skier, Alex Tilley, had an impressive race.

She was equal 30th after first run (from start No.51) then had the second fastest time on the second run to finish 17th overall. 

She was faster than Shiffrin, Goggia and Worley.




FIS COUNCIL TO HAVE AT LEAST 3 WOMEN

The International Ski Federation has given unanimous approval to the move.

Currently the FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis and athletes' representative Hannah Kearney are the only women on the Council.

They are both on the Council because of their roles within the organisation.

There are no formally elected female members.

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