Over the last three days, the lead persons involved with the FIS Tour de Ski visited the four Tour host venues of Oberhof (GER), Prague, Nove Mesto (both CZE) and Val di Fiemme (ITA) for the upcoming 3rd edition of the FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear, which will take place from 27th December 2008 to 4th January 2009.
The site inspection started with the newcomer host Oberhof, the traditional German winter sports village in Thuringia. The Tour profits here from a well-proven infrastructure at the Grenzadler ski center and the experienced organizing committee which has often organized and will again organize the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, as well as the IBU Biathlon World Cup.
In Prague, the organizing team led by Olympic Champion Katerina Neumannova presented the Tour inspectors the new venue on the former world expo grounds at VÃ½staviÅ¡tě Praha and spoke enthusiastically about the promotional activities planned for fans and spectators.
At the traditional Tour venues of Nove Mesto and Val di Fiemme, the focus of discussions was on refining the courses and related television coverage topics by building upon the exciting races from last seasonÂ´s event.
â€œI’m very satisfied with the progress shown for the Tour. Our new partner Oberhof, along with the new competition site in Prague, promises to increase the value of the Tour and complements our experienced hosts in Nove Mesto and Val di Fiemme,â€ said JÃ¼rg Capol, FIS Race Director Cross —Country, and added: â€œThe baby, the FIS Tour de Ski, is quickly growing up!â€