Åre 2019 FIS Council Gathering Decisions

The FIS Council Gathering in conjunction with the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are (SWE) took place on Wednesday morning. 

The main purpose of the gathering is for the FIS leadership to have strategic discussions about the direction of the organisation and consider proposals to prepare for the next official Council Meeting in May 2019. Additionally there was the possibility to take decisions on specific items where necessary. 

At the outset there were reports on the FIS World Championships and Junior Championships before the intermediate updates were provided from the FIS Council’s Governance and Gender Equity Working Groups. Furthermore the Anti-Doping report focused on the latest status of the Russian doping affair after the recent provision of the LIMS data to WADA.

In addition, the following key decisions were made during the meeting:

FIS Alpine Competition Programme
The FIS Alpine Executive Board proposed to the Council to replace the alpine combined with the individual Parallel Events in the future planning of World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Winter Games. The Council deliberated the matter in November 2018 and tabled its decision until today’s gathering.

Bernhard Russi, Alpine Committee Chairman and Ken Read, Alpine Committee Parallel Working Group chair presented the Alpine Executive Board’s evaluation and proposals.

After thorough in-depth deliberations, the Council decided to include both the individual parallel and the alpine combined on the programme of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021 in Cortina (ITA). Additionally a Council working group will review the alpine combined format and FIS Alpine World Cup calendar strategies, and analyse media viewing statistics and on-site spectators.

FIS World Cup Calendars – Changes
The Council confirmed the following changes in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2019/2020 calendars

Ladies: 29th  February – 1st March 2020, La Thuile (ITA) replaces Méribel (FRA)
Men: 8th  January 2020, Madonna di Campiglio (ITA), changes of date from 30th December 2019

International Ski Congress 2020 and 2022
In November 2018, the Council appointed Pattaya (THA) as a replacement for Marrakech (MAR) which was not able to host the 52nd International Ski Congress in spring 2020 due to the technical facilities and requirements. Following a request to reconsider the decision in view of the suitability of the location, the Council discussed the matter and thereafter decided by majority that it would not re-visit the earlier decision to appoint Pattaya (THA) as host of the International Ski Congress in 2020. .

The location for the 53rd International Ski Congress in 2022 will be made by the Council at its next meeting during the FIS Calendar Conference in Cavtat-Dubrovnik (CRO) in May 2019.