The 51st International Ski Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE) from 13th – 19th May was attended by more than 1,100 participants from the global ski family including delegates, representatives of National Ski Associations, Organising Committees, the ski industry, FIS partners and the media, who took part in more than 100 official meetings. The Hellenic Winter Sports Federation took great pride in hosting the most important biannual gathering of FIS, marking the second time the nation hosted the FIS Congress.
The General Assembly - the FIS Congress - held on Friday 18th May, with 68 voting National Ski Associations present, made the following important decisions:
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper re-elected
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper was re-elected for his sixth term by the Congress with a standing ovation. Kasper is the fourth president in the history of FIS since its founding in 1924.
Three new members elected to FIS Council
The following members were elected to the FIS Council for the upcoming two-year period, 2018-2020 (in alphabetical order of last name): Steve Dong Yang (CHN), Erik Roeste (NOR) and Eduardo Valenzuela (SPA) are the newly-elected members.
ÅRJES Mats, SWE, 117 votes
BOKAREV Andrey, RUS, 103 votes
DONG YANG Steve, CHN, 119 votes
GOSPER Dean, AUS, 118 votes
HOERMANN Alfons, GER, 119 votes
KOCIJANCIC Janez, SLO, 117 votes
KUMPOST Roman, CZE, 103 votes
MURASATO Aki, JPN, 121 votes
PAINE Dexter, USA, 119 votes
RODA Flavio, ITA, 117 votes
ROESTE Erik, NOR, 112 votes
SCHROECKSNADEL Peter, AUT, 113 votes
SMITH Patrick, CAN, 121 votes
UUSITALO Martti, FIN, 117 votes
VALENZUELA Eduardo, ESP, 106 votes
VION Michel, FRA, 121 votes
The maximum number of votes available: 121 votes
FIS Athlete Commission Member representation on FIS Council
In 2016, the Congress unanimously approved a change of Statutes to include a representative of the FIS Athlete’s Commission proposed by the Athletes Commission itself, as a member of the FIS Council with voting rights. Furthermore, the Congress 2018 approved the proposal to include a second FIS Athlete’s Commission representative of the other gender and another discipline and agreed to implement the decision immediately.
The Congress unanimously elected Konstantin Schad (GER), Snowboard and Hannah Kearney (USA), Freestyle Skiing as the two Athlete Commission members of the FIS Council for the 2018-2020 period.
Honorary Members of FIS
Sverre Seeberg (NOR) and Eduardo Roldan (ESP) were made Honorary Members of FIS after serving 14 and 12 years as Council Members. Sverre Seeberg has also served as the Treasurer and Chairman of the FIS Finance Commission since 2010.
The Congress approved the affiliation of two National Ski Associations from Jordan and the Dominican Republic as Associate Members. After further development of its activities the Kosovo Ski Association was elected as a full member with one vote.
Furthermore the Congress approved the following proposals from the National Ski Associations or the Council:
Annual President’s Conference during FIS Calendar Conference
In the years when the FIS Congress does not take place (odd numbered years) a President’s Conference will be convened as part of the FIS Calendar Conference in order to approve the annual accounts and undertake round table discussions.
Olympic Winter Games Programme
The Congress approved that FIS propose to the International Olympic Committee the following new events for inclusion in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games programme (in addition to existing proposed events):
Freestyle aerials mixed team event, Freeski big air, Snowboard cross team event, Snowboard alpine mixed team parallel event, Snowboard parallel slalom, Snowboard mixed team slalom, Telemark parallel sprint.
FIS World Championship Programme
The Congress approved the addition of the following new events to the FIS World Championships:
- Nordic: Ski Jumping Ladies team competition, Nordic Combined Ladies competition, both from 2021
- Alpine: Individual parallel competition from 2021
- Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard: Freestyle Skiing aerials mixed team competition, Snowboard team mixed parallel event
Financial and administrative decisions
As part of the statutory business the Congress approved the Accounts and reports of the internal and external auditors from the 2016-2017 financial period, as well as the Budget for the next two year period 2018-2019.
Chairman of the FIS Finance Commission and Treasurer Sverre Seeberg reported that more than 50 percent of the FIS income is paid out directly to the member National Ski Associations through the special distribution dividend payment including the result of the 2016-2017 period at 15 million CHF and National Ski Association financial support of 10 million CHF in the budget for 2018-2019, totalling 25 million CHF.
Adoption of FIS Safe Sport Policy
The Congress approved the new FIS Safe Snow Policy, approved by the FIS Council in Costa Navarino, to address Safeguarding from Harassment and Abuse. The FIS Safe Snow Policy is also designed to assist the National Ski Associations implement its’ own policies
Management of Governance and Ethical Breaches
The Congress acknowledged the establishment of the system to protect the integrity of sport and the FIS in the case of any breaches of governance and ethical matters as provided for in the FIS Code of Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Betting Rules, new Safe Snow Policy and the FIS Anti-Doping Rules, through an independent specialist organisation. The services will include a Whistleblower Hotline, Investigation Services and an Ethics and Compliance Office. The services from “Global Sports Investigations” will deal with such matters.
A number of proposals were referred to FIS Council Working Groups, including Gender Equity and Governance.
FIS SnowKidz Award 2018 Results
The FIS “Bring Children to Snow” international campaign to engage and encourage the younger generations to winter sports rewarded the recipients of the fourth FIS SnowKidz Award. The top three award winners, Finland, Sweden and USA, were decided by the jury from among the eight finalists: The final results are listed below:
1. Finland: Snow Moves!
2. Sweden: Everyone on Snow
3. United States: Minne-Loppet
4. Spain: The Snow Graduation
5. Andorra: Ski School Education Project
6. Japan: Prince SnowKidz
7. Canada: Grade 4/5 snow pass
8. Brazil: Brazilian Rollerski Circuit