Para bob added to World Champs schedule
This year’s IBSF World Championships in St Moritz will feature para bobsleigh for the very first time.
Para sport events have previously been held on separate dates and at separate venues to the global bobsleigh and skeleton showpiece but the 2023 World Championships will combine the two.
The move comes after the IBSF approved a proposal by its Para Sport Committee and the World Championships Organising Committee as part of the celebrations set to mark the 100-year anniversary of the IBSF.
“The IBSF Executive Committee unanimously supported the proposal to add the Para Bob World Championship to this year´s edition of the IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships 2023 while we will celebrate 100-year of history of our federation,” said IBSF President Ivo Ferriani.
St. Moritz being considered as the birthplace of our federation will provide an excellent platform to showcase all sports in the same place.
Great Britain’s Corie Mapp will therefore have the opportunity to complete the full house of World Championship medals on a bigger stage than ever before after previously winning silver in Lake Placid in 2019 and bronze in Moritz in 2017.
Mapp won overall World Cup bronze last season and was fourth at the 2022 World Championships in Lillehammer, missing another bronze medal by just four hundredths of a second.
The 43-year-old former soldier now has more than 30 international medals to his name and will be among the favourites for glory in Switzerland in late January/early February next year.
The full schedule for the World Championships is yet to be announced but para bobsleigh is expected to be held in the second week of competition between January 30th and February 5th.
The World Championships as a whole begin on January 23rd 2023.