Para-snowboarding: Slalom event and other changes proposed

Changes are set to be made to para-snowboarding following the sport's successful introduction to the Paralympics at Sochi 2014.

Competitors could race head-to-head in para-snowboard cross, while a banked slalom event has also been proposed.

Bibian Mentel-Spee of the Netherlands won the women's gold in Sochi, while USA's Evan Strong won the men's event.

Events will be for standing athletes only as officials try to grow the sport.

"These changes will help grow the sport further and are sure to be warmly welcomed by athletes who will have more disciplines to compete in," said Sylvan Mestre of the IPC Alpine Skiing Technical Committee.

The competition in Sochi saw athletes, all with lower limb impairments, race individually down the course and negotiate rollers and jumps.

"We're looking to introduce banked slalom which will involve athletes tackling a slalom course down a gulley run with a number of other features," Mestre added.

"We will also look to change snowboard cross so that athletes will come down the course two-by-two."

The IPC aim to grow the sport ahead of the 2018 Paralympics, which will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.