Alpine snowboarding: FIS president Kasper to step down after 22 years

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FILE PHOTO: Alpine Snowboarding – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Opening ceremony – Are, Sweden – February four, 2019 – FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper in the course of the ceremony. Information/Leonhard Foeger/File Photograph

(Information) – Gian Franco Kasper, the president of the Worldwide Ski Federation (FIS), has stated he’ll step down from his place on the Worldwide Ski Congress in Thailand subsequent 12 months.

Kasper was named secretary basic of the federation in 1975 and elected as president in 1998.

The 75-year-old Swiss will go away his submit in Might on the 52nd FIS congress, which is able to select his substitute.

Underneath his management, the variety of ski and snowboard occasions has elevated on the world championships and Olympics.

The FIS has additionally grown from 100-member nationwide associations to its present power of 133.

Kasper’s spell in cost, nevertheless, has come beneath scrutiny for his previous controversial statements and his stance on environmental points.

In 2017, Kasper was compelled to apologize for his feedback after he in contrast the ban on Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics with the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

He was additionally criticized for questioning local weather change in a Swiss newspaper interview final 12 months and saying he would favor to host occasions in dictatorships than to cope with environmentalists.

In February, he stated his feedback had been “not meant to be taken actually however this was not clear within the last story.”

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Toby Davis