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.
The Nordic Combined Committee made several decisions, especially concerning the future of female participation.
From 2019, the ladies will be part of the official FIS Junior World Championship programme with an individual competition consisting of one-jump and a 5 km Individual Gundersen race. The first staging of the event is in Lahti (FIN), seven times Organiser of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships who play host to the juniors for the first time.
At the same time, the FIS Congress approved the inclusion of a Nordic Combined Ladies’ event in the World Championship programme from Oberstdorf 2021 on.
The calendar for the second Ladies’ Continental Cup season includes one inaugural Summer Grand Prix event in Oberwiesenthal in August 2018 and a record-breaking 12 events at five different venues in the USA, Estonia, Norway and Russia during the winter season. In addition, ladies can compete at six Nordic Combined Youth Cup events in Oberstdorf (GER), Harrachov (CZE) and Knyken (NOR). All Alpencup (European) ladies events are open to athletes from all countries as well.
On the men’s side, the Nordic Combined Committee made two major decisions, to fine-tune existing competition formats:
The mass start will make its comeback at World Cup level but will be included exclusively in the Lillehammer Tour programme at the season start. The athletes will compete in a one jump, 5 km Individual Gundersen event first, followed by a mass start in which the top 50 racers are qualified to take part in the final ski jumping round. The wind and gate system as well as full judging of the jump will be in place.
The Nordic Combined Team Event received an update with the average score of the four jumps being used to calculate the cross-country time differences and the metre value set to 15 points per minute. The cross-country distance will be reduced to 15 kilometres for the entire team, divided into four stages of 5 km, 2.5 km, 2.5 km and a concluding 5 km leg. This concept is going to be tested in the Continental Cup in the upcoming season before any definitive decision about a final rule change will be made.