The 2009 Nordic Ski World Championships will be held in Liberec, Czech Republic.
The Coordination Group for Liberec 2009 met on site in Liberec (CZE) last Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19th. The participants included representatives of the organizing committee, FIS, EBU as the TV rights holder and its marketing partner APF, and the Oslo 2011 organizing committee. The two-day meeting consisted of a visit to the competition venues and a detailed review of the Liberec team’s current state of preparations in the main areas of event organization, as well as a discussion of lessons learned during the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo that were visited by a 24-member delegation from Liberec.
â€œWe were very pleased to hear about the significant overall progress made by the organizing committee in all areas. But we were especially impressed about the great steps taken to complete the constructions at the JeÅ¡těd (Ski Jumping) and Vesec (Cross-Country Skiing) competition venues which will host the important World Cup events next season that will serve as the principle test events,â€ noted FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis. â€œWe are encouraged to receive high marks for the current state of construction at both competition venues. The deadline is quite clear for us: the entire infrastructure must be completed by this fall,â€ said Roman KumpoÅ¡t, President of the Liberec 2009 Organizing Committee. FIS Council Member and President of the Norwegian Ski Association, Sverre Seeberg, who led the Oslo 2011 delegation remarked: â€œWe have already learned a lot by listening to the experiences by the young and enthusiastic Liberec team. In Norway, as here in the Czech Republic, the home of the world’s oldest National Ski Association, we will have to manage a delicate compromise between new ideas and a long skiing tradition.â€œ
Site visit at Vesec Cross-Country venue