FIS News In Brief - April 18, Week 2

Stefan Huber joins FIS Staff as Event Director

Stefan Huber (GER) has been appointed as FIS Event Director and will begin the newly developed role on 1st July 2018.

Huber was formerly the Secretary General of the Oberstdorf Organising Committee and Ski Club Oberstdorf for 11 years from 2006 to 2017.

While there, he organised FIS World Cup events in all FIS disciplines in Oberstdorf and the Allgäu region. The highlights include hosting the Four Hills tournament annually, the Tour de Ski as well as the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2005 and Ski Flying World Championships in 2008. Additionally, Huber was involved in the five candidacies for the World Championships, which led to the successful bid for the Oberstdorf 2021 edition of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

At the 2014 Sochi and 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, Huber oversaw the Sport Production at the Cross-Country Venue.

Stefan will work together with each of FIS disciplines and their competition management personnel on the development and implementation of the sport and event organisation strategies, creating and using synergies between the FIS disciplines.

FIS athletes celebrate WADA Play True Day

On 10th April 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency celebrated ‘Play True Day’ along with athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organisations, Sports Federations and others around the world.

‘Play True Day’ is dedicated to clean sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the global fight against doping.

WADA encouraged athletes and all stakeholders to state why they play true on social media by using the hashtag #PlayTrueDay.

Olympic Movement celebrates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

On 6th April 2018, the Olympic Movement celebrated the power of sport to unite people and help build a better world as part of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

FIS contributes to physical, educational and social development notably through its Bring Children to the Snow campaign and its partnership with Right To Play.

World Snow Day and FIS SnowKidz, the two projects which make up the Bring Children to the Snow campaign, have seen more than 380,000 participants at 516 events in 46 countries during the 2017/18 season.

FIS’ international charity partner Right To Play is using the power of play to educate and empower children and youth to help them overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease.

Stars in action at Verbier High Five

Last weekend, some of the world’s best skiers celebrated the end of the season in Verbier (SUI) as part of the annual “High Five”, a pro-am skiing event.

The primary aim of the event is to enjoy a fun day of racing as professional alpine racers competed along with amateurs in different race categories.

Participants included Olympic medallists and FIS World Cup winners: Adrien Theaux (FRA), Justin Murisier (SUI), Loic Meillard (SUI), Beat Feuz (SUI), Tina Weirather (LIE), Marta Bassino (ITA) and Fanny Smith (SUI).

Vote now! Takanashi and Hirscher on Ballot for March Academy Athlete of the Month

Ski Jumping ace Sara Takanashi (JPN) and Alpine super star Marcel Hirscher (AUT) are among the 12 candidates on the United States Sports Academy of the Month ballot and public voting is in progress.

Takanashi extended her all-time Ski Jumping World Cup victory record to 55 overtaking Gregor Schlierenzauer’s (AUT) previous record of 53, while Hirscher captured his seventh consecutive overall World Cup title.

These accomplishments have placed the athletes on the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month ballot for March.

Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at until 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, 12th April 2018.

One month to FIS Congress 2018, transport information

In one month, some 1,000 participates from 72 nations will convene in Costa Navarino (GRE) for the 51st International Ski Congress. The meetings of the Technical Committees, the FIS Council as well as the General Assembly will take place at the Westin Resort in Costa Navarino from 13th-19th May 2018.

It will be the second time that the Hellenic Winter Sports Federation will welcome the FIS bi-annual gathering. The first occasion was in Athens in 1963.

The highlights of the meeting week include the announcement of the FIS World Championship Organisers 2022 and 2023 on 17th May, the FIS Congress including the election of the FIS President and FIS Council on 18th May, as well as an excursion to Olympia, the birthplace of the most important sports event; the Olympic Games.

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