Decisions of the Autumn 2020 FIS Council Meeting

The FIS Council held its Autumn Meeting online and dealt with a full agenda. The primary agenda items comprised addressing the challenges faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisational aspects, including providing financial contributions to the Organisers of the FIS World Cup events and World Championships.

The FIS Technical Committees submitted proposals for adaptions to some rules and regulations, in addition to the appointment of technical officials, with the FIS World Championship and Olympic Winter Games Organsing Committees providing reports on their preparations and activities.

The FIS 2020-21 competition calendars were already approved at the Council meeting on 3rd October, when the FIS Council also appointed Trondheim (NOR) and Saalbach (AUT) as the hosts of the FIS World Ski Championships 2025.

Key decisions of today’s Council Meeting include the following:

FIS World Championships
The Council received written reports from all future FIS World Championship 2021, 2023 and the recently elected 2025 hosts whose preparations are well on track and approved by the national health authorities.

Namely, Cortina (ITA) – Alpine Skiing, Oberstdorf (GER) – Nordic disciplines: Cross-County, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Zhangjiakou/Genting Resort (CHN) – Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard, Freeski are all on schedule and final inspections on-site will take place from mid-November.

Financial Support to 2020-21 World Cup Organisers and National Ski Associations
It is of fundamental importance for the sport and the athletes, along with the financing of the National Ski Associations, Organisers and FIS, that the FIS World Cup series are carried out to the greatest extent possible. The financial challenges Organisers are currently facing are related mainly to reduced spectators and the costs related to implementing Covid-19 measures.
In order to act pro-actively, and within the means of the FIS finances, a financial contribution to support the costs and loss of income of the respective World Cup Organisers / National Ski Associations was approved.

FIS will contribute, towards the additional health measures to be implemented, the value of 20% of the respective discipline prize money amount per World Cup competition carried out. Based on the approved 2020-21 World Cup Calendars, the maximum total of the contribution would be approximately 4.4 million Swiss Francs. The support is conditional on the Organisers paying the defined minimum prize money.

IOC Activities

President Gian Franco Kasper provided the Council with a report of the various IOC activities since the last council meeting including IOC Executive Board meetings on 10th June 2020, 15th July, 22nd July, 9th September, 7th October and the 136th IOC Session on 17th July 2020.

Of note for the Council was the update on the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (CHN).
The only international sports events that are taking place in China in 2020 are the official Beijing 2022 Test Events. The IF Technical Officials inspection will take place in November 2020 with main focus on the Beijing 2022 Test Events during the 2020-21 winter season.
Gangwon province, Organisers of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024, in the cities of PyeongChang and Gangneung, from 19th January to 2nd February 2024, and for the first time in Asia, submitted its first report to the FIS Council.

The first major milestone since the election of Milano Cortina as the host city for the Olympic Winter Games in 2026 was the opening of the headquarters on 9th December 2019. The IOC Delivery Partners Kick-off Meeting was held in Milan on 10th and 11th December, while the first IOC Coordination Commission Meeting took place online on 28th and 29th September.

FIS Technical Committees
A number of proposals from the Technical Committees to amend rules and sport organisational aspects were approved by the Council. Across all disciplines there will be a Covid-19 Event Task Force for each event, which will oversee all topics related directly to the pandemic and any effect it has on a given FIS World Cup competition.

Bring Children to Snow Campaign - FIS World Snow Day
The next FIS World Snow Day will take place on 17th January 2021 following the successful developments since the inaugural edition in 2012. Additionally, together with partner Atomic Skis, two athlete ambassadors will be added to the Bring Children to the Snow programme.

FIS Congress 2021
The 52nd International Ski Congress “2020” is scheduled from 30th May to 5th June 2021 at the Grand Hotel Bernardin in Portoroz, Slovenia. The General Assembly will be on 4th June with the full Congress agenda including the election of the FIS Council and President. The Electoral Supervisory Committee (ESC) will compile directives for the respective election procedures.