Following the receipt of a record number of twelve applications by the May 1st 2007 deadline, the candidature process for the organization of FIS World Championships in 2012 and 2013 is now moving onto the next phase.
The deadline for the official candidature files has been set for 15th August for the five Nordic candidates: Falun (SWE), Lahti (FIN), Oberstdorf (GER), Val di Fiemme (ITA), and Zakopane (POL). For the four alpine candidates — Cortina (ITA), Schladming (AUT), St. Moritz (SUI) and Vail/Beaver Creek (USA) – the deadline is August 31st. The candidature files include each project’s answers to a detailed, discipline-specific questionnaire focused on sports organization, accommodation, transportation, other services, marketing and promotion as well as the environment.
As of August 20th, the FIS Inspection Group, led by FIS Secretary-General Sarah Lewis will visit each Candidate venue for the Alpine and Nordic events. The task of this group, consisting of FIS officials and sports professionals as well as representatives of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its marketing partner and other experts, is to review the proposed event concepts while acting as an advisory body to ensure the feasibility of their implementation. The Inspection Group will prepare a final report for review by the FIS Council, FIS Technical Committees and National Ski Associations by April 2008.