Decisions of the 49th FIS Congress in Barcelona
The 49th International Ski Congress in Barcelona, Spain from June 1-6, 2014 was attended by 1,150 participants from the global ski family including delegates, representatives of National Ski Associations, Organizing Committees and ski industry members who took part in more than 100 official meetings. The Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation took great pride in hosting the most important biannual gathering of FIS.
The General Assembly – the FIS Congress – held on Friday (June 6) in Barcelona came to the following important decisions:
- Gian Franco Kasper (SUI) was unanimously re-elected as President. His leadership, vision and commitment to FIS were recognised by the delegates with a standing ovation.
- Three new members elected to FIS Council:
- Mats Årjes (SWE) 109 votes
- Andrey Bogarev (RUS) 91 votes
- Dean Gosper (AUS) 94 votes
- Alfons Hörmann (GER) 113 votes
- Janez Kocijancic (SLO) 107 votes
- Roman Kumpost (CZE) 80 votes
- Sung Won Lee (KOR) 107 votes
- Aki Murasato (JPN) 108 votes – NEW
- Dexter Paine (USA) 116 votes – NEW
- Flavio Roda (ITA) 116 votes
- Eduardo Roldan (SPA) 108 votes
- Peter Schroecksnadel (AUT) 114 votes
- Sverre Seeberg (NOR), 119 votes
- Patrick Smith (CAN) 116 votes
- Martti Uusitalo (FIN) 83 votes – NEW
- Michel Vion (FRA) 110 votes
- Long-term FIS Council members Bill Marolt (USA) and Erich Demetz (ITA) were named FIS Honorary Members.
- The Congress affiliated Dominica, Guyana, Malaysia, Paraguay, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste as associate members of the International Ski Federation. The total number of members in the International Ski Federation (FIS) now amounts to 122.
- As part of the statutory business, the Congress approved the accounts and reports of the auditors from the 2012-2013 financial period, as well as the budget for the next two year cycle 2014-2015. The delegates welcomed the proposal of the Council to distribute 70% of the 2012-2013 result to the National Ski Associations for the promotion of skiing. Together with the budgeted amount of CHF 10 million in National Ski Association support for 2014-15, a total of CHF 26.3 million will be paid out over the next two years from FIS directly to the member National Ski Associations and used for the FIS Development Program.
- As part of the FIS “Bring Children to Snow” international campaign to engage and encourage the younger generations to winter sports, the recipients of the third FIS SnowKidz Award were recognized. The top three award winners were decided by the jury from among the finalists:
- Netherlands – Wintersport Experience
- USA – NANA Nordic
- Finland – Hills Tournament for Kids
- Sweden – Everyone on Snow
- The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FIS Development Nation) – Site na Sneg
- Switzerland – Rivella Family Contest
- Germany – Primary Schools Contest for Ski Jumping
- Belarus (A&P Nation) – Kids as active WSD Organisers
- Austria – Skifahren mit Flocke / Skiing with Flakes
Release courtesy of FIS