Cross-Country: even more exciting competitions
As confirmed by the FIS Council in spring 2012, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup will implement new rules this season. A main change is that the competition format for the men’s relay in the World Cup will be shorter, each leg measuring 7,5km instead of 10km. The aim is to make the competition more dynamic and exciting as well as secure its complete TV transmission.
In Zurich last week, the Sub-Committee for the World and Continental Cups also discussed future calendars with a particular emphasis on principles and basics for each World Cup period. “The aim is to set a clear framework for each of the World Cup periods. Our wish is of the National Ski Associations to work together with their Organising Committees and other partners on long-term planning and strategies,” FIS Cross-Country Race Director Pierre Mignerey commented.
The Sub-Committee also discussed new rules regarding waxing facilities, as many nations are planning to use their waxing trucks in the World Cup and the World Ski Championships.
The Cross-Country Sub-Committee for Youth and Children thoroughly discussed the introduction of a new competition – the so-called Cross-Country Cross, featuring technical skills and techniques. Thanks to the expertise from Norway, Sweden and Germany a booklet has been put together that will help the National Ski Associations and Organisers set up such competitions. FIS will also continue to develop its Bring Children to the Snow campaign with the second edition of the FIS World Snow Day set for January 20th and continuing FIS SnowKidz activities.