FIS bans camera drones from World Cup

Pinzolo (Italy), Dec 24 (IANS) The International Ski Federation (FIS) is banning camera drones from its World Cup races after a drone crashed and nearly hit Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher during a slalom in Italy.

The incident happened her on Wednesday at the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio when the drone, which was being used to film the action from above, came crashing down to the ground just behind 26-year-old Hirscher, reports Xinhua.

FIS will prohibit drones “as long as I am responsible … because they are a bad thing for safety,” men’s race director Markus Waldner said on Wednesday.

“It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt. I am very angry,” Waldner said.

Hirscher was unhurt, finishing second behind Norwegian winner Henrik Kristoffersen.

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