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Cortina 2021 Foundation launches official World Championship logo

Last weekend, in conjunction with the ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Cortina d’Ampezzo Town Hall hosted the launch of the official logo of the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The design of the modern logo was inspired by the concept of “light”. Six Italian television stations covered the presentation live, with Gazetta della Sport featuring a dedicated 12 page section to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The presentation was attended by local authorities and members of the Organising Committee led by its President Riccardo Donadon and CEO Paolo Nicoletti, along with FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.

Sarah Lewis stated: “The unveiling of a dynamic logo has set an energetic tone for the Cortina 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The Organising Committee and the Italian Winter Sports Federation are embracing this opportunity for the development of Alpine Skiing in Italy and Cortina both as an Organiser and a leading resort.”

Audio data service for St. Moritz 2017 & Lahti 2017

 Receive near-instant access to the world’s greatest ski stars are they pass through the mixed zones at St. Moritz 2017 and Lahti 2017.

For the third time in a row, the journalists covering the FIS Alpine & Nordic World Championships can access exclusive interviews via a dedicated online multi-language sound-bite platform.

In collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union - the media rights holder for St. Moritz 2017 and Lahti 2017  - the service is offered to all registered media wishing to cover the Championships.

To gain access, please contact Christophe Pasquier (pasquier@ebu.ch).

Existing subscribers can access the platform via https://www.euroradio.net/sports#/fis then ask for a new password.

Follow live stream of the Nordic Junior & U23 Worlds in Park City

Over 500 athletes from nearly 40 nations have arrived in Park City (USA) for the largest international winter sports event in Utah since the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Competitions in Cross-Country, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined are taking place from 30th January-5th February 2017 on the Olympic venues at Soldier Hollow and the Utah Olympic Park.

Follow the live stream of the competitions here www.nnf.ski/tv and click here for full competition reports.

Decision on appeals of the provisionally suspended Russian Cross Country athletes Belov and Legkov

Six Russian Cross Country athletes Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Belov, Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Alexey Petukhov and Maxim Vylegzhanin were provisionally suspended on 22nd December 2016 after the findings in the McLaren Report outlined alleged anti-doping rules violations in connection with the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi (RUS).

The athletes and the Russian National and Cross-Country Ski Associations were duly notified of the disciplinary proceedings and further investigations by the IOC, and the implementation of provisional suspensions by FIS. Following this notification, the athletes appealed the provisional suspension.

The FIS Doping Panel, after having heard Evgeniy Belov and Alexander Legkov, and the FIS, has decided on 25th January 2017 by majority not to reverse its initial decision, but to uphold the provisional suspensions of Evgeniy Belov and Alexander Legkov until further notice. As a result of the decisions, the above-mentioned athletes may not take part in any international or national competitions.

Read the full release .

Longines to stage Future Ski Champions Race in St. Moritz

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz (SUI) will host the fourth edition of the “Longines Future Ski Champions” race. Supported by its Ambassador of Elegance Mikaela Shiffrin, the competition will showcase the best under 16 female skiers from 13 different countries, who will take part in a giant slalom on 13th February 2017. The initiative is part of Longines’ global commitment to support young sports talents. The FIS partner, Longines is the Official Partner and the Official Watch of the Championships.

Watch a preview here.

European Youth Olympic Winter Festival moving ahead as scheduled

At its Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne (SUI) on 26th January 2017, the members received the final update on the preparations for the 2017 Erzurum (TUR) European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOF) which will be held from 11th-18th February 2017.

Snow and weather conditions look to be excellent for the1’600 athletes and officials from 46 nations. The Organising Committee reported that preparations are nearly complete and all the necessary measures are in place for the safety of the participants.

For further information, visit the official website: http://www.eyof.org/2017-winter-erzurum/

Foreign universities line up to support PyeongChang 2018

Lee Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) was recently in Washington (USA) to sign a memorandum of understanding with George Washington University, which is set to send 40-50 students to volunteer at next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

POCOG has also signed an agreement with four other universities, all of which have campuses in Songdo Incheon: the State University of New York, George Mason University and the University of Utah (all USA) and Ghent University (BEL). Between ten to 30 students from each will be selected to work as volunteers in the areas of airport reception, transportation and protocol during Games time.

The main volunteer programme for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games has generated a huge amount of interest – 91,656 applications from 145 countries for the 22,400 positions available. The final allocation of places is due to be completed in April 2017.