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FIS XC Ski Proposals from Board Meetings in Zurich – Prize Money, Bonus Seconds, Calendar and Long Term Strategy

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October 14, 2017 (Zurich, SUI) – During recent meetings in Zurich, SUI, the FIS Cross-Country Executive Board discussed and approved a number of proposals, which have been sent to the FIS Council for the final approval. The FIS Council will meet in November.

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World Cup prize money distribution
Based on the athletes’ proposal the Sub-Committee for World & Continental Cup approved new prize money distribution split at individual World Cup and stage World Cup competitions. From the upcoming season top 20 athletes will receive the prize money with the amount being unchanged.

FIS Cross-Country World Cup 2017/18
A small modification of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup 2017/18 was approved. Also new, the technique of the World Cup competitions has been swapped. On December 16 the individual start will be in free technique, the pursuit on Sunday 17th December will take place in classic technique.

Several changes have also been proposed for the 2018/19 FIS Cross-Country World Cup calendar. The updated calendars will be uploaded ASAP. To see the latest version of the calendar, to be approved next spring click HERE.

Bonus seconds at FIS Tour de Ski
Bonus seconds in the FIS Tour de Ski have been changed for the sprint competitions. The maximum bonus seconds for the victory is still 60 seconds, however, the split for top 30 athletes is new to reflect the efforts of athletes competing in the final heats.

Long-term strategy
The Cross-Country Committee continued the discussion about the future of cross-country skiing and the sport’s strategy. Conclusions of the expert working group including FIS staff, TV and marketing experts were presented and concrete changes have been proposed. The decision on the competition format modifications will be completed at the FIS Congress in Greece in May 2018.

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