FIS Cross-Country Race Director Jürg Capol just returned from the FIS Calendar Conference in Cavtat (CRO) and provided us a quick impression from the meetings from his point of view.
FIS CC News: Jürg Capol, are you satisfied with the meetings during last week?
Jürg Capol: Oh yes, we had fruitful meetings with the different Committees and last weekend with the World Cup Organizers. The discussions were great and I feel that everybody shares the same spirit and motivation for developing and promoting the Cross-Country sport.
FIS CC News: What was for you the most important signal during the past week?
Jürg Capol: Well, on one side the support by the FIS Cross-Country Committee for the idea of the multi-stage World Championship in the 2011/2012 season where so far no FIS Championships and Olympic Winter Games take place. I think it would be a great possibility to show the highest level of Cross-Country on TV and deliver some additional promotional value. On the other side, very positive from my perspective was the interest from the different Organizers to support a common promotional project for the upcoming season.
FIS CC News: Last year, you introduced the semi-professional Technical Delegates - will you continue with this project?
Jürg Capol: Yes, everybody agreed after the experiences from last season that we should continue this way. For the upcoming season we will mainly work with two semi-professional TD's over the season.
FIS CC News: Can you briefly comment on the World Cup Calendar 2009/2010?
Jürg Capol: The FIS Cross-Country Committee is proposing an interesting and compact World Cup Calendar. 18 different venues are on the schedule in 11 countries. With Rogla, we have a new host which is ready to organize a high level competition in Slovenia for the first time after 1993. The Tour de Ski will again take place in three different countries. Eight stages are included in ten days - that should guarantee an exciting event.
Just before the Olympic Games, Canmore is back after a one year break. And right after the Olympics we move to Scandinavia with the traditional races, the pre-World Championships in Oslo and the World Cup Final in Sweden. All in all, I am sure we will have exciting competitions and tight fights for the globes!