Last week, Zurich played host to the second meeting of the FIS Coordination Group for the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec (CZE). Led by newly-appointed President Katerina Neumannova and Executive Director Marek Rejman, the organizing committee provided an update on its progress, in particular with the sports venues and organization.
World Championship president, Roman Kumpost, was fired in late August and replaced by Neumannova, calling Liberec's preparedness into question. The recent meeting in Zurich has allayed the most pressing concerns.
The organizing committee reported that work at the new Cross-Country Skiing area â€˜Vesec’ is nearly complete, including the paving of the roller-skiing courses, finalization of bridges, access roads and permanent facilities, as well as the installation of the snow-making system. Construction continues on the â€˜Jested’ Ski Jumping area, with scheduled completion in mid-December. The February test events, on February 9-10 for Ski Jumping and February 15-17 for Cross-Country and Nordic Combined, will be held as planned.
As the next step, the Organizing Committee will be focusing on confirming the sports organization, including all technical officials in competition management and shifting gear on the promotional front. Marketing for the test events will be increase and new web site has been launched. The city of Liberec has confirmed government financing for the outstanding projects, including the re-construction of the university campus which will serve as team accommodations.
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