Following the deadline of 5th May 2021, FIS is pleased to announce it has received a total of four applications to be Candidates for the FIS Presidency. Additionally, 20 individuals submitted their application as a FIS Council Candidate.
The applications received for FIS President include (listed alphabetically):
Name - Nominating NSA
ÅRJES Mats - Swedish Ski Association
ELIASCH Johan - Great Britain Snowsport
LEHMANN Urs - Swiss Ski Association
LEWIS Sarah - Royal Belgian Ski Federation
The applicants for FIS Council include (* denotes current Council member):
Name - Nominating NSA
GOSPER Dean - Snow Australia*
GUMNY Wojciech - Polish Ski Association
KUMPOST Roman - Czech Ski Association*
MINEV Tzeko - Bulgarian Ski Federation
MURASATO Aki - Ski Association of Japan*
PAINE Dexter - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Assn.*
READ Ken - Canadian Snowsports Assn.
RODA Flavio - Italian Winter Sports Assn.*
ROESTE Erik - Norwegian Ski Association*
SCHROECKSNADEL Peter - Austrian Ski Association*
SMREKAR Enzo - Ski Association of Slovenia
STEINLE Franz - German Ski Association
UUSITALO Martti - Finnish Ski Association*
VALENZUELA Eduardo - Royal Spanish Winter Sports*
VION Michel - French Ski Association*
VYALBE Elena - Russian Ski Association
ZHENG Liangcheng - Chinese Ski Association
In the next days, FIS will undertake a full background check and review all documents from each Candidate and confirm their eligibility to serve as the FIS President or on the FIS Council. Each Presidential Candidate will have the opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation to the General Assembly at the 52nd International Ski Congress, which will be held online due to the current Covid-19 situation. Additionally, each new Council Candidate will have the opportunity to give a five-minute presentation to the General Assembly.
On the FIS Congress General Assembly day on June 4th, the election of the FIS President will be held first, followed by the election of the 16 FIS Council members. Three of the Presidential Candidates, Mats Årjes, Johan Eliasch and Urs Lehmann have also been nominated as Council Candidates should they not be elected as President.
The FIS President and FIS Council are elected by the voting members of the FIS Congress General Assembly, which is comprised of the National Ski Associations. The term-length of all elected individuals is until the 53nd FIS Congress, scheduled for late Spring 2022.
Also on the FIS Council are two athlete representatives. Hannah Kearney (USA - Freestyle Skiing) and Martti Jylha (FIN - Cross Country) have been appointed by their fellow Athletes’ Commission members for the upcoming term and will have to be confirmed by the FIS Congress.
The FIS Congress General Assembly will be open to the public and a You Tube link will be made available for those interested in viewing as the Congress nears.