SWITZERLAND — The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) transferred governance of the sports of Para-Alpine Skiing, Para Cross-Country Skiing and Para Snowboarding to the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) effective Monday following approval by FIS Members and IPC Board of Directors.
At the 53rd International Ski Congress on May 26 in Milan, Italy, 94% of FIS members voted in favor of the transition. Following this approval, a contract was signed between the two parties to formally transfer governance.
FIS and IPC will spend the summer ensuring a smooth transition and transfer of the three sports to FIS.
Erik Lierfallom has been the Para-Alpine High Performance Head Coach for six years at the National Ability Center in Park City.
“It will probably end up being very similar but will be more practical because our planning is currently a two-tier system. Where we plan with IPC and FIS, but now it’s going to be Boom! Straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s a good thing and it’s not a surprise since discussions have been ongoing officially and unofficially since I have been involved in para-racing. Lierfallom said: “I like being wrapped up in a big organization like the national governing body for all of these sports will give us an increased level of exposure which could potentially be really good for us.”
The two organizations began discussions in March on the transfer of governance after FIS was granted preferred status by the IPC Board of Directors granted in relation to the three sports.
FIS President Johan Eliasch said in a statement: “Para Snowsports is a testament to all the values that our sport conveys and is an integral part of our strategy. The FIS represents a modern, diverse and inclusive organization. Therefore, it is a great pleasure that we had a great exchange with the International Paralympic Committee and that we are finally able to include the Para disciplines and their athletes in the FIS family. This will strengthen the development of the sport and send a powerful message. »
IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement: “The fact that an overwhelming majority of FIS members are voting in favor of this transfer of governance underscores FIS’ extremely strong appetite to develop and grow the three para sliding sports. On behalf of the IPC, I would like to pay tribute to each person who contributed to the development of para-alpine skiing, para-cross-country skiing and para-snowboarding while all three sports were under the stewardship of the IPC. . Undoubtedly, all three sports will leave the IPC much stronger than when they arrived and are now ready for their next stage of growth under the guidance of FIS. I would also like to thank FIS President Johan Eliasch and his team for their desire and passion to take this step.
The parabiathlon will be jointly managed by the FIS and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) through a joint steering committee. The Steering Committee will be composed of the President and the General Secretary of the IBU and the FIS.
The US Ski and Snowboard Teamwhich is based in Park City, currently does not operate Para Snowsports, whereas in the distant past they operated under its administrative umbrella.