Opening event on ski jump World Cup's Four Hills tour postponed due to strong winds, snowfall


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OBERSTDORF, Germany — The opening event of the Four Hills tour was postponed Sunday after strong winds and heavy snowfall forced organizers to call off the first leg of the ski jump World Cup's traditional holiday-season tournament.

After repeated delays to the start, only 11 jumps were completed before officials called off the event with no sign of conditions improving. It will now be held Monday afternoon instead.

German team coach Werner Schuster says "I'm relieved about the decision. There was no sense in continuing. You could have just thrown a dice. It was the right decision for sport."

Adverse conditions had already forced the cancellation of the practice session.

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