Preview of Main Committee topics for Barcelona
Before the FIS Congress day on 6th June 2014, there will be much work completed by more than 50 FIS Committees with a full line-up of meetings scheduled from 1st-4th June. During this time, rules, regulations, calendars, nomination of officials and much more will be discussed among the Committees.
The Cross-Country Committees will cover a wide array of topics, but first and foremost on the agenda is the subject of ways to guarantee the quality of snow at FIS events. Snow storage and salting will be themes that are discussed after last season’s warm temperatures put the topic in the spotlight. The Cross-Country Youth and Children’s Committee in addition to the Ladies’ Committee will continue to explore avenues to keep interest in Cross-Country Skiing high.
For Ski Jumping, one of the main discussions will revolve around a new format for Ski Flying to make the events easier for the public to follow while keeping all the excitement. Also to be discussed will be equipment standards and a review of the new in-stadium laser measurement system, which was introduced during the 2013/14 season.
After its successful debut last season, the Nordic Combined Committee will review the new ‘Triple’ in its meetings. In addition, they will work with both Ski Jumping and Cross-Country on any relevant issues that impact Nordic Combined.
The Alpine Committee and Sub-Committees will have much to assess during their time in Barcelona. The highlight of these discussions will come when a potential new slalom race format for specific World Cup races is put on the table. There will also be much fine tuning to be discussed among the eight Alpine Sub-Committees.
Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard
Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding will have their hands full with a very busy schedule in the four days before the Congress. Capitalising on the high interest in the two disciplines after Sochi will be the primary themes as both have a golden window of opportunity to develop their calendar formats, promote the disciplines and attract more fans to the World Cup tours.
In addition to the discipline Committees, there are several Special Committees that will be meeting in Barcelona. These include the Advertising, Medical and Public Relations and Mass Media Committees. All three cross over the six FIS disciplines and always generate a high amount of interest. In addition, the FIS Athletes’ Commission, made up of athletes from all six disciplines, will look at the major issues FIS athletes face.