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Meribel 2022: Event in 'lap of the gods' as COVID restrictions threaten postponement

The secretary for the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association hopes restrictions will be lifted in time for action to take place.

Officials are hoping the current COVID-19 restrictions in France will be lifted in time for the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships to take place in Meribel.

The event, which was cancelled last year, is scheduled to start on 30 January but restrictions mean competitors are currently not allowed to travel to the resort.

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Davis, secretary for the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association, revealed to Forces News that a postponement until March is being "tentatively" considered.

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"Currently, we are planning for success," he said. "The recent restrictions imposed upon us in France have just meant that we are in the lap of the gods.

"We are planning to go ahead as normal."

Competitors have been dealt a blow as their usual preparation for the competitions was derailed by cancellations.

However, the plan remains the same from the officials.

Lt Col (Ret'd) Davis said: "We appreciate that the three services have had to cancel some of their activities but there has been a lot of time on snow.

"Activity can go ahead. It's just predicated on whether or not the French lift the restrictions.

"I am in contact with the French embassy almost on a daily basis.

"We are tentatively asking questions of Meribel if the restrictions aren't lifted whether we could slip possibly into March.

"I think there's a one-week window and it's the last week of March before the schools break up for half term," he added.