Sauna World Championships LogoThe city government of Heinola Finland has spoken: There will be no more World Sauna Championships.

In a statement issued today, they confirm what has been suspected since the tragedy last August that resulted in the death of one finalist and the continued hospitalization of another.

The city has received plenty of feedback claiming that organizing the competition should not be stopped. If the city was to organize the World Sauna Championships in the future, the original playful and joyous characteristics of the event should be reintroduced. No ways to achieve this have been found.

There are several high quality events in Heinola also this summer, even if the World Sauna Championships were not to be organized. Thousands of saunas will be heated in Heinola next summer, with steams that are healthy, safe and relaxing.

You can read the whole statement here.

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