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Sofia starts work on snowboard big air ramp

Date: 15.12.2007

Sofia's city hall began working on the ramp for next week's Big Air snowboard World Cup event in the downtown of the Bulgarian capital.

The ramp in the Battenberg Square in Sofia downtown will be 100 by 32 by 20 meters and will weigh 600 tonnes, together with the snow, when complete.

The location of the event has heated spirits in Sofia, with councillors from two rightist parties asking that the event be moved to another location, where it would not disrupt traffic on one of the city's key boulevards.

Despite the city hall dismissed the fears of more congestion in the city, saying construction works will not have a major impact on traffic through downtown, nor can it move the timing of the event, scheduled for December 22.

"We can't move the event, so it is not around Christmas, as politicians have asked us. The international calendar of events has been announced long ago and we have to stick to it," the chairman of Bulgaria's ski federation Tseko Minev said.

"The TV time for it has been booked already. It's an honour for us to be the host of such an event, together with such big European capitals as Moscow, Berlin or Copenhagen," he added.

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