FIS Honorary Member Yoshiro Ito, the longstanding former Vice President of FIS, Head of the Organising Committees for the FIS World Cup events in Sapporo (JPN) and President of the Ski Associations of Hokkaido and Sapporo visited the FIS Office in Oberhofen to meet with FIS President Gian Franco Kasper and Secretary General Sarah Lewis this week.
A special focus of the meeting was on the future candidacy of Sapporo for the Olympic Winter Games in 2030 and upcoming 90th anniversary of the highly prestigious Miyasama Ski Games, whichis comprised of events in Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon, Alpine and Freestyle Skiing which have been essential in nurturing a great number of Japanese high-performance athletes.
The International Miyasama Ski Games were started to commemorate the Hokkaido visit of the Imperial Highnesses, Prince Chichibu and Prince Takamatsu in 1928 and 1929. Similar to the Lahti Ski Games in Finland and Holmenkollen Skifestival in Norway, the Miyasama Games have developed into an iconic event in Japan, offering athletes from Japan and abroad the chance to compete and win one of the coveted 17 championship trophies and and cups for the different events. Also the general public can participate in a popular cross-country race called the “Miyasama Ski Parade”.