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FIBT rebrands as Whistler lands 2019 World Championships

The Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) has announced it will rebrand from its French-language designation and has awarded its 2019 World Championships to the Canadian resort of Whistler.

The Olympic winter sports body will now operate as the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) with immediate effect, complete with a new logo. Delegates from the national associations voted on the name change at the annual congress held today (Tuesday) in Ghent, Belgium.

The IBSF said the French term Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing had been used for historical reasons but is being replaced as part of modernisation efforts. Many sports federations initially adopted French nomenclature, including the FIBT, which was founded in 1923.

“The new logo is modern and dynamic and represents both of our sports,” IBSF president Ivo Ferriani said. “We started the transition four years ago, now it’s time to go into the future as International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation and with one logo.”

In other news from the IBSF congress, Whistler has held off competition from Altenberg, Germany and St. Moritz, Switzerland to land the 2019 Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships.

Whistler, which was the venue for bobsleigh and tobogganing at the 2010 winter Olympic Games, secured 20 votes to Altenberg’s 19 after St. Moritz was eliminated in the first round. The 2019 Championships will be the first time Whistler has hosted the event, which last took place in Canada in 2005 at Calgary.

This year’s World Championships took place in Winterberg, Germany from February 23 to March 8. Before heading to Whistler, the event will take in Igls, Austria and Sochi, Russia over the next two years.

Finally, Mamaia in Romania will be the host of the 2016 Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Push Championships. Mamaia is the largest holiday resort in Romania and is located on an eight kilometre long strip of land north of the city of Constanta.