FIL cuts Luge World Cup opener, citing Qatar 2022 impact on TV coverage

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany compete in the team relay race of the Luge World Cup 2021-22 event in Beijing, China (by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The International Luge Federation (FIL) has cancelled the opening round of the 2022-23 Luge World Cup season, citing football’s 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

The FIL said it recently received confirmation that the World Cup event in Innsbruck, Austria, on November 26-27 will not be televised.

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