Oberstdorf 2021 presents plans to upgrade sports venues

Under sunny skies in Oberstdorf (GER), the second FIS Coordination Group meeting for the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships took place last Thursday and Friday.

Members of the German Ski Association together with the Oberstdorf 2021 Local Organising Committee and Tourism Bureau welcomed members from FIS and Infront Sports & Media, the official broadcast and marketing partner of Oberstdorf 2021 for two days of meetings

On Thursday, the Coordination Group members held a technical inspection of the Cross-Country venue, Ski Jumping and Ski Flying stadiums. There, the Oberstdorf 2021 team laid out its ambitious plans to upgrade the three venues, with a significant development of the Cross-Country venue foreseen to accommodate both competition activities and recreational skiing facilities.

The three FIS Nordic Race Directors Pierre Mignerey, Walter Hofer and Lasse Ottesen provided feedback about what is necessary to adapt in the next five years to present the world with a top-level World Championship.

Alongside visiting the venues for Oberstdorf 2021, the members visited the nearby Ski Flying hill, which is nearly complete for the 2018 FIS Ski Flying World Championships.

The following day, everyone moved indoors to get a complete overview of the progress and planning for all aspects of the World Championships, including promotional activities, volunteer recruitment, marketing activities and many other technical areas.

In just one year after being elected as the host of the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the Oberstdorf 2021 team has been very busy with the first phase of planning, including attending the Lahti 2017 Championships and the official debrief from that LOC, in addition to gaining knowledge from 2019 host, Seefeld (AUT).

The plans presented are still not entirely concrete, but already the Organising Committee has a clear direction with solid ideas. Thanks to their vast World Cup hosting experience, much of the framework is in place.

“You can see a real sense of excitement about the opportunities presented by hosting the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2021,” said FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis. “The DSV and Oberstdorf team are working towards this major event with an eye on the future, taking into deep consideration the legacy that these World Championships have the opportunity to build up the next generation of German Nordic athletes, the community in Oberstdorf and the sport in general.”