The FIS Council held its Spring Meeting in Portoroz (SLO) on Sunday 28th May 2017 and dealt with a full agenda, including regular items such as reports from Organising Committees of the FIS World Championships and Olympic Winter Games, the appointment of technical officials, proposals from the FIS Technical Committees, FIS World Cup calendars and updates to various rules.
The main decisions of the Council in Portoroz are as follows:
FIS World Championships and Junior World Championships
The Council confirmed the candidates for the FIS World Championships in 2022 and 2023 as well as the procedure for the election next May at the FIS Congress in Greece. The deadline for applications for the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships 2023 has been extended to 1st November 2017.
Courchevel-Meribel (FRA) and Saalbach-Hinterglemm (AUT) are bidding to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, while Planica (SLO) and Trondheim (NOR) are the candidates to host the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Vikersund (NOR) is the candidate for the FIS World Ski Flying Championships in 2022.
The competition programmes for the FIS World Championships 2019 in the Alpine Events in Are (SWE), Nordic Events in Seefeld (AUT) and Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Events in Park City (USA) were approved.
A number of FIS Junior World Championship Organisers were appointed too:
- Sauris (ITA) Grass Skiing 2017
- Freestyle Ski and Snowboard 2018:
- Cardrona/Treble Cone (NZE) halfpipe, slopestyle, big air events in Cardrona, cross and snowboard parallel races at Treble Cone
- Raubichi (BLR) Freestyle aerials
- Åre/Duved (SWE) Freestyle moguls and dual moguls
- Goms/Ulrichen and Kandersteg (SUI) - Nordic disciplines and U23 Cross-Country 2018
- Muerren (SUI) - Telemark 2018
Olympic Winter Games
Reports were received from PyeongChang 2018 with a detailed review of the Test Events in all six FIS disciplines from the last season, Beijing 2022 and the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.
Various updates to the International Competition Rules (ICR) were made. A detailed summary for each discipline is published in this edition of the FIS Newsflash.
Other disciplines and FIS Committees
Updates to the Rules for Masters Skiing, Speed Skiing, Telemark, Equipment and Advertising Matters were agreed.
Governance of FIS
The latest accounts and financial affairs of FIS were reviewed by the Council and approved. The future FIS Strategic Plan will be led by three working groups within the Council for sport, governance and business aspects.
The Council acknowledged the current status of cases and actions by FIS following the publication of the WADA McLaren Reports. It expressed its support for the introduction of the Independent Testing Authority by the IOC and WADA to improve the credibility of the anti-doping system.
FIS National Associations
The provisional membership application from the Dominican Republic as associate member was accepted, subject to the approval of the FIS Congress in 2018.
On proposal of the National Associations, changes to a number of Committee Members were made, including the appointment of Adam Malysz (POL) as a member of the Ski Jumping Committee.
The 52nd FIS Congress in 2020 will take place in Marrakesh (MAR).
FIS World Snow Day
The seventh edition of FIS World Snow Day will take place on 21st January 2018 after more than a half a million participants took part in the sixth edition.