Cross Country Skiing Update

The FIS Congress concluded last Friday, 18th May 2018 after nearly a week of meetings. Today’s FIS Newsflash will deliver brief updates on the main areas addressed in Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard.

Minor adaptions of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup rules were accepted including the decision making process in case of extreme weather, cancellation or postponement of World Cup competitions. Additionally, a special World Cup period was introduced only for the Tour de Ski to help Continental Cup skiers qualify for the World Cup.

The Sub-Committee for Rules & Control discussed and proposed several modifications to the ICR including the definition of classic technique which was made more precise, and the minimum lap length for distance interval start competitions longer than 10 km at the Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and Junior World Championships, that is now 5 km.

Clarifications of the rules that cover start procedure in the interval start, team sprint starting order and responsibilities of the competitors were agreed. In order to align the sanctions process with other FIS disciplines, the hearing of an offender may be now organised on the demand of the Jury if necessary, or at the request of the offender.

The ladies 15 km and men’s 30 km mass starts will replace the skiathlon competition at the JWSC and U23 by the. The technique will be the opposite of the interval start competition.

The sprint in World Cup competitions will remain in both classic and free technique with ideal time length of 2:45 - 3:00.

A working group was established to define the possible format of a mixed gender event to be presented at the FIS Autumn Meeting in Zurich this September.