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Kasper seals re-election as International Ski Federation president

Gian Franco Kasper has today (Friday) been re-elected as president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) after standing unopposed for the role.

Kasper has led the FIS since 1998 and will now serve a sixth term, taking his tenure into a fourth decade. The 74-year-old previously served as secretary general of the sport’s global governing body from 1975.

The FIS confirmed Kasper’s re-election at its 2018 Congress, which is taking place this week in Costa Navarino, Greece. Kasper is only the fourth president in the history of the organisation.

Meanwhile, the FIS Congress also approved plans to put forward a number of new events for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider for possible inclusion at the 2022 winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

The IOC will run the rule over a proposed freestyle aerials mixed team event, freeski big air, snowboard cross team contest, snowboard alpine mixed team parallel competition, snowboard parallel slalom, snowboard mixed team slalom and telemark parallel sprint.

The new events will be considered along with the proposed contests that the FIS has already submitted to the IOC.

Elsewhere the FIS Congress voted in favour of adding new events to its various World Championships.

From 2021, the Nordic World Championships will now feature a ski jumping ladies team competition, as well as a Nordic combined ladies tournament. Also beginning in 2021, the Alpine  Worlds will include an individual parallel contest.

The FIS Congress also approved plans for the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Worlds to include a freestyle skiing aerials mixed team competition, as well as a snowboard team mixed parallel contest. Start dates for these new events were not confirmed.