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Ski federation bans drones after camera nearly hits racer

Camera drones banned from ski races after object falls from sky and nearly hits racer

Ski federation bans drones after camera nearly hits racer

VIENNA (AP) -- The international ski federation 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.

FIS men's race director Markus Waldner tells The Associated Press that drones will be prohibited "as long as I am responsible .... because they are a bad thing for safety."

The unmanned flying object carrying a TV camera came down and shattered on the icy slope just behind Hirscher during Tuesday night's race in Madonna di Campiglio. The four-time overall champion was unhurt and continued his run, finishing second behind Norwegian winner Henrik Kristoffersen.

The company responsible for the camera drone, sports marketing agency Infront, says in a statement "the circumstances leading to (the crash) are currently being examined."

Updated : 2021-12-06 09:45 GMT+08:00