Good News from Tue, 12 June, 2012:

Lahti to host 2017 Nordic Worlds

Lahti has regularly staged international skiing competitions Lahti has regularly staged international skiing competitions

The Finnish town of Lahti has been chosen to stage the 2017 Nordic skiing world championships.

Organisers hope to make the event the greenest in history and attract 450,000 visitors to the stadiums.

The competition will be returning to Finland after a gap of 16 years. Lahti was the venue in 2001 and has been on five other occasions too.

The town beat off competition from Slovenia's Planica, the German town of Oberstdorf and Zakopane, in Poland.

The choice of Lahti was unexpected since Falun in neighbouring Sweden will be hosts in 2015.  

Lahti and Helsinki applied jointly to host the 2017 games and the sprint events could take place at Helsinki Olympic Stadium. The games will coincide with centennial of Finnish independence

The International Ski Federation's ruling council made the decision at a meeting in South Korea.

The Swiss resort of St Moritz will stage that year's Alpine worlds, and Spain's Sierra Nevada will host the freestyle and snowboard championships.