The presidents of the International Ski Federation (FIS) may remain in office in the future for a maximum of twelve years. At its extraordinary conference in Geneva on Friday, the member federations decided to change the statutes accordingly. Accordingly, presidents can have a maximum of three terms of four years each.
97.25 percent of the votes cast by online voting came from the proposal to amend the statute, which is also supported by FIS chief Johan Elias.
Thus, the skating federation works in unison with other international sports federations such as FIFA and the International Olympic Committee. Here too, the maximum possible term of office is twelve years. Elias will run for re-election at the upcoming Congress in Vilamoura, Portugal in the spring, and could remain in office until 2034 at the latest.
Modifications to the “Teacher” statute
The 59-year-old Swedish-British businessman, who is also CEO of Head, succeeded Swiss Gian Franco Casper, who chaired the association for 23 years, in June, who died in July. His predecessor and compatriot Mark Hodler held the position for 46 years. Elias is only the fifth president of the World Assembly founded in 1924. Therefore, he described the changes to the statutes on Friday as a “milestone”.
Also on Friday, Eliasch said that it would enable officials to run the association in a modern and transparent manner and lead it to an economically successful future.
As one of four vice presidents, former ÖSV president Peter Schroksnadel is on his side. According to consistent media reports, the 80-year-old heads up Eliasch’s “Future Vision Working Group in Alps”, which aims to boost the competitiveness of alpine skiing. The first proposals should be submitted after three meetings scheduled in the fall.
Name change proposal rejected
General Secretary Christian Scherer, Patrick Ortlieb and Michael Huber participated in the online event as delegates from the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV). As Shearer explained, they have previously assured themselves that the new laws will not affect the legal framework currently in place – particularly when hosting World Cup competitions. Commercial rights will remain with the national organizers until further notice, i.e. with ÖSV for events in Austria.
However, the proposal to change the official name to the “International Ski and Snowboard Association” did not receive a sufficient number of votes. As a result, he lost 57.39 percent of the votes cast, but a two-thirds majority was necessary.
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