28 August 2007, 29 May 2008. A â€œgestationâ€ of 9 months and a day, before knowing who will organise the 2013 Nordic Ski World Championships.
Today the delegation of the International Ski Federation concluded the inspection in Val di Fiemme checking the project for the candidacy of the Italian venue, that will be opposed by Zakopane (POL), Lahti (FIN), Oberstdorf (GER) and Falun (SWE). The decision will be made in nine months, during the FIS Congress in Cape Town.
Yesterday the FIS experts in ski jumping (Walter Hofer), nordic combined (Uli Wehling) and cross-country (Juerg Capol,) together with the marketing director (Christian Knauth) and other officers, examined the projects at the two stadiums.
The structures do not require significant upgrades. Minor improvements improvement, as well as the adjustment of the cross country tracks and the creation of new areas for athletes and media will bring the venues up to speed. The two areas already successfully hosted the 1991 and 2003 World Ski Championships, and 63 World Cup events.
Pietro De Godenz, president of the executive committee, said this candidacy will make use of the experience of the previous World Championships, and that the committee could count on more than 1,000 volunteers.
Sarah Lewis, the FIS secretary general, concluded the meeting by congratulating the Val di Fiemme committee for it's good work, and said that perhaps in the future, the event could be scheduled for the first days of February instead of at the end of the month.
The decision for 2013 will not come until next year, but in the meantime the committee of Val di Fiemme is at work preparing for the Nordic combined FIS Summer Grand Prix, and then for the three events in January – the Tour de Ski (5-6 January), the World Cup of ski jumping and Nordic combined (12-13 January).
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