FAIRBANKS — The Arctic Winter Games won’t be in Fairbanks until March 2014, but officials of the international games committee and others associated with the event are in the city to check on progress.
Officials, who will be in town through Saturday, are reviewing the venues and the accommodations for athletes and meeting with local organizers.
Fairbanks last hosted the biennial games in 1988, though they have been held in Alaska at various other times. They were last in Alaska in 2006, on the Kenai Peninsula.
The games are hosted in arctic nations, with participating teams coming from Greenland, Russia, Sweden and Canada’s Alberta, Nunavut, Nunavik, Quebec and Yukon territories and its Northwest Territories.
More than 2,000 athletes, along with coaches and support staff and cultural members are expected for the Fairbanks games.
The 2012 games were held in Whitehorse, Yukon.