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FIS BOSS TO STAND DOWN

Gian-Franco Kasper has led the International Ski Federation for 22 years. At time he has been a controversial figure.

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He made the announcement at a FIS council meeting in Germany.

The 75-year old Swiss national reign was elected unopposed to serve a fresh four-year term as President in May 2018.

Kasper’s tenure in charge of the FIS will officially come to an end on May 22nd 2020.

His time has seen a substantial growth in snowsport competition in particular in the freestyle disciplines and snowboarding.

It has not been without controversy in particular some remarks on climate change he made earlier this year.

He has also had to deal with the vexed issue of doping in snowsports

In 2017 he apologised for his comments after he compared the ban on Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics with the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

In a statement confirming his departure, the FIS said Kasper would “lead the organisation with the same full commitment until and during the Congress in May 2020”.

“He stated that the communication of his decision has been made at this early stage to enable a timely process for the National Ski Associations to prepare any applications for candidacies,” the FIS added.

Kasper is just the fourth president FIS has has since the post was created in 1924.

Gian Franco Kasper

Gian Franco Kasper

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