Cortina d’Ampezzo is preparing to stage next year's FIS Alpine World Ski Championships ©Getty Images

Organisers of the 2021 International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy claim they will be ready to handle anything that is thrown their way during the final 100 days of preparations.

Alessandro Benetton, the President of the Organising Committee, said they are "pulling out all the stops" to ensure the event is staged safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Championships are scheduled to take place in the Italian town from February 7 to 21 next year.

To celebrate the 100-days-to-go milestone, a show was broadcast live on FIS’s social media channels, reliving several stages of the journey that will lead to the showcase event.

Olympic champion Sofia Goggia and Dominik Paris, who won the super-G title at last year’s World Championships, also took part in the celebrations.

Benetton said organisers were looking ahead to the Championships with "determination" and "confidence".

"We never thought we would be facing this final stage in the midst of a pandemic but we are pulling out all the stops to make sure the event is safe and to promote Cortina’s beauty and Italy’s great sporting tradition to all four corners of the world," Benetton said.

"We are constantly analysing every opportunity, getting ready to face every situation that could arise between now and next February.

"So, we are ready to deal with each and everything in the most efficient and promptest manner possible.

"These 100 days to the World Championships show the strength, resilience and determination of the Cortina 2021 team and the great confidence the whole area places in this long-awaited event."

Dominik Paris of Italy will be looking to defend his super-G title at the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in his home country ©Getty Images
Dominik Paris of Italy will be looking to defend his super-G title at the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in his home country ©Getty Images

Cortina d'Ampezzo was the sole bidder to host the 2021 edition of the World Championships, having been unsuccessful in its attempts to host the 2013 and 2019 editions.

Valerio Toniolo, works commissioner for the Organising Committee, stressed the "severe" pandemic had "not halted" their efforts along with FIS and the Italian Government to "cross the finish line".

"Thanks to amazing synergy involving the whole area, Cortina is now ready to host the World Championships, having invested in sports facilities focussing on relaunching the area, urban regeneration and environmental sustainability," said Toniolo.

"There is no denying that the current emergency is forcing us to rethink our approach to large-scale events, through the use of digital support and new technologies to ensure compliance with social distancing rules, as protecting everyone’s health is the top priority and sport is instrumental to that."

Gianpietro Ghedina, Mayor of Cortina d’Ampezzo, added:  "We are proud of what we have accomplished up to now: the whole community is excited and looking forward to the World Championships.

"We are approaching this final stage with conflicting emotions of both worry and excitement but we have the organisational skills to make both our country and Cortina proud, whatever happens."

Italian officials had requested the event be moved back to 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic, before the FIS confirmed it would go ahead in 2021 as planned.