Over the weekend, it was reported that Gian-Franco Kasper, the former president of the International Ski Federation (FIS), died. Kasper stepped down from his role at FIS after serving the organization as president for 23 years. In total, Kasper worked 46 years for the organization.
Newly elected FIS president, Johan Eliasch, memorialized Kasper in a press release. “Gian Franco Kasper was unique in the international sports community,” Eliasch said. “He built FIS from a small federation, to the undisputed leader in winter sports, a testament to his vision and work ethic. I had the privilege of knowing Gian Franco for 25 years and shared many fond moments and stories with him. His understated nature and his quick wit will be deeply missed within FIS and the international sports world. On behalf of the entire FIS family, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Kasper family”.
Days before the most recent FIS Congress, during which Eliasch was elected, Kasper was admitted to the hospital. Kasper’s health deteriorated and he never left the hospital. He passed away on the evening of July, 9th.
Kasper was born in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The FIS headquarters has lowered the FIS flag in Kasper’s honor and it will remain lowered for 23 days, representing each year he served as president.