Engadin in Switzerland is set to play host to the next stage of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup ©Getty Images

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has announced Engadin in Switzerland as the host of the next leg of the Cross-Country World Cup.

Engadin is now scheduled to stage the mass start races on March 13, followed by the pursuit contests on March 14.

The Swiss resort replaces Oslo as host of the men’s and women’s competitions after the Norwegian capital was forced to withdraw due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Norway is unable to stage any FIS events planned for next month after entry restrictions were extended by the country’s Government to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Switzerland has already staged two Cross-Country World Cup events this season, with Davos playing host in December and Val Müstair last month.

The FIS said Swiss-Ski’s "established health concept" would be "the base to ensure a safe field of play".

"Saturday’s mass start competitions will take place in Surlej and Sunday’s pursuit follows mainly along the profile of the prestigious Engadin Skimarathon course," the FIS statement read.

"The men’s competition will start in Maloja and the women’s competition in St Moritz, with both competitions finishing in S-chanf.

"Members of the Organising Committee of the Engadin Skimarathon and World Cup Val Müstair take over the organisation of the World Cup in cooperation with Swiss Ski."

Russia's Alexander Bolshunov leads the men's overall Cross-Country World Cup standings ©Getty Images
Russia's Alexander Bolshunov leads the men's overall Cross-Country World Cup standings ©Getty Images

Nové Město in the Czech Republic was due to stage Cross-Country World Cup events this weekend before being postponed.

This was due to tighter restrictions for those travelling between the Czech Republic and Germany - which is scheduled to host the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships from February 23 to March 7 - being imposed.

Under the new restrictions, any skiers who competed in Nové Město would have to quarantine on arrival in Germany, meaning they could miss World Championship races in Oberstdorf.

Talks are underway over moving the men’s and women’s sprint classic, men’s 15 kilometres free and women’s 10km free races to March.

The FIS has also yet to find a host for the Cross-Country World Cup Finals with sprint free, skiathlon and classic pursuit competitions scheduled to run from March 19 to 21.

Russian Alexander Bolshunov and American Jessie Diggins lead the men’s and women’s overall World Cup standings respectively after 24 of the 30 events.