— Published 11 October 2021

FIS keeps its name


Four months after his election, the new president of the International Ski Federation (FIS), John Eliasch of Sweden (photo above), led his first extraordinary congress at the end of last week. Two subjects were on the agenda: the approval of the new statutes of the body, and a possible change of name for the FIS. Both were put to the vote by the delegates. The first was a formality, as 106 voters against 3 (97% of the votes), adopted the updated statutes. These include a limit on the length and number of office terms for Council members and the FIS President, a better gender balance on the Council, and a more sustainable policy. However, the change of name of the FIS did not obtain the number of votes required by the texts. The FIS proposed to its members to abandon the current name of the International Ski Federation and to replace it with either International Ski and Snowboard Federation or International Snow Sports Federation. In the first round of voting, the delegates voted in favour of the first option, by 57 votes to 51. However, the change of the FIS name did not pass the second round, where a two-thirds majority was required. The mention of snowboarding in the official name was approved by 66 votes to 49, but without obtaining two thirds of the votes (57%). Reaction from John Eliasch: “Today, the members have chosen the name that they feel best represents the FIS. But an important lesson is that our stakeholders want us to do a better job of including all disciplines in our daily communications and promotion of the FIS”. The next FIS Congress will take place in spring 2022 in Vilamoura, Portugal.