Via online meetings, the FIS Cross-Country Committees have gathered for the annual autumn conferences. With great anticipation the programme for the FIS Cross-Country World Cup calendar was discussed. Despite challenging conditions in the previous months, all FIS Cross-Country organizers and National Ski Federations have shown a great dedication and cooperation ensuring that the World Cup season can happen in a safe environment. Find below the most important proposals from the FIS Cross-Country committee to the FIS Council.
All proposals are still subject to the approval of the FIS Council on 9th October 2020.
As scheduled, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup will take place with the following adaptions:
- Formats of Tour de Ski opener in Val Müstair (SUI) have been confirmed.
- The first weekend in February remains open as a backup weekend.
- The proposal from the Norwegian Ski Federation was approved to replace the Drammen sprint with a sprint competition in Oslo on Friday, 12th February 2021.
The calendar 2020/21 and the draft for the season 2021/22 can be found here.
Nordic Junior World Championships 2021
The Polish Ski Association requested FIS to postpone the Nordic JWSC 2021in Zakopane to 2022, due to stricter national health regulations. FIS is committed to find alternative solutions in order to ensure JWSC competitions in the upcoming season 2020/21. As soon as a confirmed plan is ready it will be communicated via the official platforms.
Programme JWSC and YOG
The Cross-Country Committee strongly support and underlines the importance of the XCX in the future pathway for juniors and youngsters and will integrate it as a priority in the JWSC and the YOG competition programmes.
A working group will handle specific details and involve specialists from the Cross-Country community including organizers and ski industry.
FIS Cross-Country World Cup Rules 2020/21
- In addition to the existing additional quota COC leader/winner rule, a definition was approved to rule 3.1.4 in case of cancellations of COC competitions.
- As already approved in the sprint meetings, athletes competing in team competitions will score individual World Cup points according to the final ranking of their team. Relays will count for Distance World Cup and Overall World Cup standings. Team Sprints will count for the Sprint World Cup and Overall World Cup standing. The updated table for individual points in team competitions can be found in rule 6.1.2 in the updated World Cup rules.
- Regulations concerning the C-19 Event preparation group have been adapted in the World Cup Rules and added to the FIS Nordic JWSC and U23 WSC Rules.
FIS Points Rules 2020/21
The maternity protection status has been adapted in order to ensure more suitable conditions for active athletes in maternity. The maternity protection status was extended from 9 to a maximum of 24 months after birth. According regulations to protect the FIS points during the break have been adapted in the FIS Point Rules at 3.6.