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Cross-country snowboarding World Cup units equal distances for ladies, males

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World Cup cross-country snowboarding races would be the identical distances for men and women beginning subsequent season.

The Worldwide Ski Federation (FIS) cross-country committee, made up of members of nationwide federations, permitted the change by a 57 p.c vote.

“The primary argument to vote for equal distances was that there shouldn’t be any query whether or not ladies have been able to racing the identical distances as males, as they show that they bodily are able to doing so already,” in keeping with a FIS press launch. “The primary argument towards was the time that ladies must cowl the identical distance as males and the efficient TV time.”

Ladies and men may even race the identical distances at junior world championships and the Youth Olympics. FIS will resolve subsequent Might whether or not to implement the change on the biennial world championships. Typically instances, modifications on the planet championships program precede modifications to the Olympic program.

Presently, the Olympic cross-country snowboarding program has completely different distances for the interval begin race (10km for ladies, 15km for males), skiathlon (15km for ladies, 30km for males), mass begin (30km for ladies, 50km for males) and relay (4x5km for ladies, 4x10km for males).

The brand new World Cup format could have 10km, 20km and 50km races, plus the skiathlon at 20km. FIS didn’t say in its launch how relay distances will change.

The mass begin change is especially notable as it’s thought of the marathon of winter sports activities and, just like the monitor and subject equal, is held on the ultimate weekend of the Olympics. The boys’s mass begin is definitely longer than a marathon (31 miles), whereas the ladies’s mass begin is eighteen.6 miles. The boys’s race takes a couple of half-hour longer than the ladies’s race.

“On precept, it actually bothers me lots,” Jessie Diggins, who took 30km silver on the Beijing Olympics to provide her a medal of each colour, stated final yr of the unequal mass begin distance, in keeping with On Her Turf. “Not solely can we ski 50km, however we will ski extra.

“Do we have to race the very same size? Perhaps not. Do we have to race the identical period of time on the right track? Yeah, I feel that’s completely affordable.”

The boys’s mass begin on the Beijing Winter Video games was shortened resulting from climate to the purpose that the ladies’s mass begin, which was not shortened, was an extended race by distance. That marked a primary in Olympic cross-country snowboarding historical past, in keeping with On Her Turf.

Biathlon and short- and long-track velocity skating even have shorter distances for ladies than males in some occasions on the Olympic program (in biathlon’s case, all occasions). There are additionally Olympic males’s occasions in ski leaping and Nordic mixed that would not have a feminine occasion equal.

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