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Rome's Circus Maximus may host Alpine Ski World Cup event

'No better place in the world' says organizer

Rome's Circus Maximus may host Alpine Ski World Cup event

(ANSA) - Rome, October 18 - Rome's Circus Maximus may host an event of the Alpine Ski World Cup, organizers announced Thursday. "There's no better place in the world to host the City Event. I believe in this project," said Guenther Hujara, the chief race director for the International Ski Federation's World Cup and technical delegate to the Italian government. Hujara was in Rome Thursday surveying the ancient Roman chariot racetrack, which today is a grassy public park and events venue. The City Event is a stop on the Alpine Ski World Cup, whose races are hosted primarily at ski resorts in the Alps. If approved, the City Event at the Circus Maximus would take place either in 2014 or 2015. "Things are moving along with very positive indications that the World Cup of Alpine Skiing will come to Rome, inside the historic Circus Maximus," said a statement from the Italian Winter Sports Federation. Experts must first determine if the space could hold a ramp 60 meters wide and 250 meters long, capable of supporting 1,000 kilograms per square meter. Rome's Mediterrean climate is not said to be a problem. Snow would be produced and preserved in an airplane hangar and transported to the site.

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