Developing Ladies' Nordic Combined
The development of ladies’ activities was the main agenda item in the Nordic Combined meetings. FIS Race Director Lasse Ottesen presented a strategy document in Zurich including a concrete timeline for the development of ladies’ Nordic Combined.
Subject to approval by the FIS Council, key steps would include a FIS ladies’ Continental Cup starting in the 2017/18 season, participation at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in 2019, a proposal to the IOC for its inclusion to the programme of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne (SUI), a first FIS ladies’ World Cup series in 2020/21 and the ambition to include ladies’ Nordic Combined on the programme of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (CHN).
A draft of Continental Cup rules for ladies will be drawn up before the FIS spring meetings and the FIS Calendar Conference in Portoroz (SLO) next May. Furthermore, a mixed gender event will be considered for the FIS Youth Cup Finals 2017 in Trondheim (NOR).
Other news from the meeting concerned the draft calendar for the upcoming FIS World Cup season. The venue of Lahti (FIN), which will be hosting the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, was proposed to feature a pre-World Championship World Cup stop in January 2017.