With the start of the FIS Tour de Ski 2006-2007 just 251 days away, the detailed planning and organization are coming to full speed. Representatives of the Tour’s three hosting National Ski Associations (Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy), local organizing committees from Nove Mesto (CZE), Oberstdorf (GER), Asiago and Val di Fiemme (both ITA), and FIS met in Munich on Friday, 21st April, 2006 for a detailed status review. The agenda included thorough discussions and next steps for the Tour’s marketing, several logistical issues, event production and milestone planning, among other areas.
â€œWe are quite pleased to host the opening stages of the first-ever FIS Tour de Ski in Nove Mesto on 29th and 30th December, 2006. Based on our experience in the previous years, we can guarantee the event a great start before an enthusiastic and traditionally very large audience,â€ Petr Honzl, General Secretary of the Nove Mesto organizing committee commented. Petr Lamplot, the representative of the Czech Ski Association on the Tour Board, added: â€œFollowing the success of the Czech cross-country skiers at the Torino Olympic Winter Games, where we won three medals, the FIS Tour de Ski is a great opportunity to showcase Cross-Country Skiing in the Czech Republic.â€
JÃ¼rg Capol, FIS Race Director for Cross-Country concluded: â€œWe still need to reach an agreement on where the best organizational synergies can be found. However, I'm very happy about the spirit and openness to discussion we have in the organizing group. The basic direction is clear, although some details have to be worked out. But I'm sure that we can handle that and look forward to an exciting time ahead of us.â€