Developing Skiing and Snowboarding in Mongolia
The Mongolian Ski Federation became a member of FIS in 2009 and has put its focus on the development of grassroots participation and high-level performance mainly in Cross-Country and Rollerskiing and the promotion of Snowboarding.
The Federation recently published a comprehensive report on its activities. Some of the highlights of the past season are summarised below.
At a local level, the Federation organised Rollerskiing Championships last November with 40 skiers participating. Also 70 athletes from five different Mongolian provinces took part in Eastern Championships.
In the city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital and largest city, the federation opened a Training Centre located in the National Garden Park in order to allow the urban population to try Cross-Country Skiing at a reasonable price and offer high school students a chance to practice the sport.
For the first time, the Mongolian Ski Federation organised an international ski competition in the tourist resort of “Dugana Khad” which saw the participation of 100 Cross-Country skiers. The event provided the Federation with valuable experience in staging big events, notably in the areas of logistics, transportation, accommodation and ceremonies.
To promote Snowboarding, the federation organised “World Snowboarding Day” on 21st and 22nd December 2016 with more than 85 people attending free classes offered by the federation. 55 athletes took part in Snowboarding races in the events of cross, freestyle and alpine.
Other initiatives included the organisation of races for University students as well as National and Masters Championships at the “Sky” ski resort with more than 90 athletes competing in three age categories.
Participation in FIS races and major international events
On an international level, athletes representing the Mongolian Ski Team have taken part in FIS Cross-Country races in Finland, the recent Winter Universiade in Almaty (KAZ), the Winter Military World Games in Sochi (RUS) and the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo (JPN).
One of the big highlights was the participation of four athletes at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 in Lahti (FIN), with Cross-Country skier Achbadrakh Batmunkh placing 83rd in the 15 km race.
World Snow Day
World Snow Day 2017 was celebrated at the Training Centre in the National Garden Park in Ulaanbaatar offering children and their families a chance to try out Cross-Country Skiing. The event featured the participation of representatives of the Mongolian physical, culture and sports authority.
Work within the Federation
The past season saw the establishment of an Athletes’ Commission to represent the interests of the athletes within the federation. A Women’s Committee was also established to foster the promotion of female athletes and address issues specifically related to women.
“Our plan for the next five years is to build a new Nordic and Snowboarding resort near Ulaanbaatar and to organise a big winter festival in Ulaanbaatar every winter. With regards to international competitions, we have the ambitious goal to win a medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne”, said Erdene-Ochir Ochirsuren, Secretary General of the federation.
In their plans to promote winter sports in their country, the Mongolian Ski Federation and National Olympic Committee are supported by FIS and IOC Solidarity Programmes.
In recent years, experts from foreign countries such as FIS Technical Delegate Georg Zipfel and Pascal Gertsch have provided on-site support and helped develop the Mongolian winter sports teams.