Last week, FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis visited Kazakhstan to discuss the Kazakhstan Ski Association’s development plans and explore future opportunities for winter sports.
The one-day visit was a busy one. Starting with venue tour, where she was joined by Secretary General Askar Valiyev and representatives of Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping and Cross-country skiing National Federations, the group visited the Sunkar Ski Jumping complex in the city, the nearby Medeu Skating rink and the Alpine Skiing resort Shymbulak, which is a gondola ride from Medeu.
After the tour Lewis highlighted the unique location of the venues within the city, in particular, the presence of a youth sports school at the ski jumping complex, as well as the potential for Shymbulak ski resort to attract the next generation to skiing.
“The Sunkar ski jumping venue and Shymbulak ski resort are outstanding facilities. The vicinity to Almaty city centre, high altitude with extensive snowfall in the mountains and their natural landscape make it a promising destination for hosting world-class competitions and the development of tourism,” Lewis said
National Ski Association Secretary General Askar Valiyev added, “The importance of the development cannot be emphasised as we foster the next generation of athletes in Kazakhstan. The venue, with its storied traditions, will be a national role model for years to come. Increasingly, kids are learning to ski or snowboard and we could not be more thrilled.”
In addition to meetings in Almaty, Lewis met the minister of culture and sports of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, CEO “Baiterek” National Management Holding Erbolat Dossaev, and Director General of Kazakhstan National Olympic Committee Serik Kaskabassov while visiting the NOC headquarters in Astana City.