A total of 29 nations from five continents have secured quota spots for the 2019-2020 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup, it has been announced.
Athletes from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States can take part when the new IBSF World Cup season starts at the end of November.
Depending on the final placing of the athletes in the IBSF discipline ranking, there will be one to three quota spots for the nations for the following campaign.
Which athletes make use of these spots is decided by the respective National Federation.
Prerequisites for the IBSF World Cup start are the previous successful participation in at least five IBSF races on three different tracks in the two years before the race, as well as successful training runs before the respective IBSF World Cup.
Park City in the US is due to host the first IBSF World Cup of the 2019-2020 season from November 29 to December 1.
It is due to be followed by events in Lake Placid in the US, Winterberg in Germany, La Plagne in France, Innsbruck in Austria, Königssee in Germany, St. Moritz in Switzerland and Sigulda in Latvia.
The 2020 IBSF World Championships are scheduled to be held following the conclusion of the World Cup season, taking place in Altenberg in Germany from February 17 to March 1.