Calgary to host 2021 luge world championships

Calgary will host the International Luge Federation's 2021 world championships ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

50th edition will be held at Canada Olympic Park ahead of 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Canada's Alex Gough competes during the women's World Cup luge event in Calgary in 2014. (The Canadian Press)

Calgary will host the International Luge Federation's 2021 world championships.

It will be the 50th held by the FIL since the first edition in Norway's capital of Oslo in 1955. Calgary will play host for the fourth time, having previously staged the 1990, 1993 and 2001 events.

Action will take place at the Canada Olympic Park bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track. Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympics Games and is currently weighing whether to enter the 2026 race.

The 2021 Championships will be the last major luge event before the Beijing 2022 Games.

Seven titles are contested at the world championship level, with men, women and doubles teams taking part in regular and sprint luge competitions. A team relay title is also decided.

In recent years, CBC Sports has been home to luge coverage, including streaming and television broadcasts of World Cup events and world championships.

Renovations to be completed prior to tournament

The track at Canada Olympic Park will undergo a $20-million renovation starting in the summer of 2018, which will alter the opening turns and upgrade the refrigeration system.

The provincial government is contributing $10 million to the project.

The track was built for sliding sports at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

With files from Canadian Press

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