More than 600 athletes are set to participate in the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships, which are due to start in Vuokatti tomorrow.
Cross-country races are scheduled to get underway on the opening day as junior classic sprints for men and women are on the schedule.
Under-23 sprint races are then set for Wednesday (February 10), followed by a men’s junior 10 kilometre freestyle and women’s junior 5km freestyle on Thursday (February 11).
On Friday (February 12) will be a women’s under-23 10km freestyle and men’s under-23 15km freestyle, before several team relay contests on Saturday (February 13).
Competition is to conclude in Vuokatti on Sunday (February 14) with a women’s junior 15km mass start and men’s junior 30km mass start.
More than 400 athletes are expected to be contesting the cross-country events.
Ski jumping and Nordic combined events will also be taking place in Lahti from Wednesday to Friday.
There will be 54 female athletes and 69 male athletes in the ski jumping event, with 36 women and 58 men in the Nordic combined.
There will be no spectators in either Vuokatti or Lahti due to restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cross-country races had originally been scheduled to be held in Zakopane in Poland but the country withdrew after the disruption caused by the global health crisis.
Vuokatti stepped in as host and will be able to use the Junior World Championships as a test event for this year’s European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, scheduled for December 11 to 18.