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TV Labor Dispute Derails Men's Skiing

The men's giant slalom race had to be postponed Wednesday, after a wildcat strike blacked out television coverage of the world Alpine skiing championships in Bormio, Italy.

The European Broadcasting Union and the International Ski Federation decided to postpone the race because of the strike. Championship organizers said the race would be rescheduled for Thursday.

Italian state television (RAI) workers walked off the job in a contract dispute. Angry fans attacked a state TV truck after learning of the strike and police had to intervene.

Strikes are common in Italy, but are usually confined to domestic issues and events. The world championships are the biggest skiing event outside of the Olympics, but officials said fans do not need to fear strikes at next year's Winter Games in Turin.

A top official with the European Broadcasting Union said a different host broadcaster holds the rights to the Turin Games and there would be several production teams that could take over in the event of a strike.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP