Last Saturday, 6th November, the FIS Council held its Autumn Meeting and took some important decisions for the upcoming seasons.
Most notable from the Cross-Country perspective is the approval of the dates for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 in Falun (SWE), which will take place from 18th February to 1st March in 2015, and the appointment of Val di Fiemme (ITA) as the host of the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in 2014. Congratulations to Val di Fiemme!
World Championships Prize Money
The FIS Congress 2004 in Miami already decided that as from 2011 prize money would be paid out at the FIS World Championships with the same purse as the current minimum for the World Cup in the respective disciplines. 50% of the money is covered by the Organizing Committee and 50% by FIS. The FIS Council now confirmed the mode of distribution:
For Cross-Country individual competitions
1. CHF 16’000
2. CHF 10’000
3. CHF 6’000
4. CHF 4’000
5. CHF 2’400
6. CHF 1’600
For Cross-Country team competitions
1. CHF 15’000
2. CHF 9’000
3. CHF 6’000
(On Swiss Franc (CHF) = 1.0321 US Dollars as on November 9. 2010.)
Modifications to the regulations
The FIS Council also confirmed the various modifications to the regulations and appointments in each of the FIS disciplines on the proposal for the respective FIS Technical Committees. To get an overview of the modifications in Cross-Country you can click HERE.
Russian Ski Association
At its last meeting in Antalya in June 2010, the Council sanctioned the Russian Ski Association following serious concern of FIS regarding the situation of the Russian Ski Association with the high number of doping cases and lack of adherence to the FIS Anti-Doping Rules. Prior to the Council Meeting in Oberhofen, the Russian Ski Association submitted a detailed report about the various activities and actions it has undertaken in the meantime and the FIS Council acknowledged the positive steps taken to address the many problems in the truly meaningful way.
Amendments to the FIS Anti-Doping Rules
Additionally, minor amendments to the FIS Anti-Doping Rules were approved by the Council in order to ensure they are up to date with current practice.