— Published 4 October 2021

A third world championship under consideration

A revolution is underway at the International Ski Federation (FIS). Now presided over by the Swede Johan Eliasch, elected last June to succeed the Swiss Gian-Franco Kasper, the body seems determined to dust off its international calendar and its competition formats. The first target is alpine skiing. An online meeting brought together team leaders, athletes’ representatives and race organisers at the end of last week. Among the ideas discussed : the project to add a third edition of the World Championships to each Olympiad. At present, the global event takes place every other year, in odd-numbered years. But its new General Secretary, Frenchman Michel Vion, explained that the FIS was considering a sort of “mini Olympic Games” in non-Olympic even-numbered years. The project could be implemented as early as 2024, or by 2028 at the latest. Other ideas being considered by the FIS include the abolition of the super-G, but also a reform of the World Cup downhill format, with two events of different levels organised on the same day on the same track. The first would be reserved for the 24 best downhillers, the second for the rest of the competitors, with an upward / downward movement system from one group to the other depending on the results. The most attractive ideas will be proposed to the national federations for adoption at the next FIS Congress, scheduled for June 2022 in Portugal.