Updated: Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Red-tape foils 'Eagle' Edwards' planned return

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards' planned return to ski jumping in Germany -- 17 years after his last leap -- looks set to be grounded, with officials saying he cannot jump.

Red-tape foils 'Eagle' Edwards' planned return

British ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards smiles as he listens to a journalist's question during a press conference on February 22, 1988 in Calgary during the Winter Olympic Games

Britain's Edwards, who turned 50 earlier in December, finished last at the 1988 Winter Olympics but had been set to soar again at Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen on January 1 in a televised World Cup large hill event.

But ski jumping's governing body FIS has said they have heard nothing from the British Ski and Snowboard Federation (BSSF), who need to give their permission before Edwards can jump, meaning he can only be a spectator in Garmisch.

"Therefore a jump isn't possible," FIS race director Walter Hof told Sport Bild.

"A show-act jump is also not an option for us, we don't go in for fun jumping, we want a competitive World Cup event."

Hofer also pointed to the danger factors involved in Edward's planned return with insurance being a key stumbling point.

"Ski jumping is a risk sport," said Hofer.

"We he comes down that ramp, it's not predictable what will happen.

"What would happen when Eddie the Eagle falls and is badly hurt?

"We don't want to take on the responsibility for that."

Edwards rose to fame when he came last in both the 70m (229ft) and 90m (295ft) ski jumps at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, earning plenty of media attention as he became an unlikely hero.

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