Giacobbi: “In Cortina everything is ready: maximum concentration to deliver an event where safety protocols and the protection of health are a top priority”.
Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 1 December 2020 – The final inspection was held today in a conclusive meeting between FIS (International Ski Federation), FISI, and Infront Sports and Media, with Fondazione Cortina 2021 and the local municipality, to take stock of the preparations for the Championships, due to take place on the Tofane Mountains from 7 to 21 February 2021.
The occasion was an important one for the Organizing Committee, allowing for a final and conclusive summit with all the stakeholders prior to crossing the finish line. On behalf of the International Ski Federation, Jürg Capol and Stephan Huber once again expressed their gratitude and satisfaction with the excellent work that has been done in Cortina these last years, especially in the face of the difficulties caused by the current global health crisis. Stefan Krauss, Tito Giovannini and Daniela Calandra from Infront Sports & Media, added their approval, expressing great satisfaction with the work completed.
The functional areas under review during the meeting, which was held virtually, were infrastructure, operations, sport, sustainability, marketing, and communication. Field inspections, on the other hand, have been carried out by specialist groups during recent weeks.
FIS concluded that Cortina d’Ampezzo is indeed ready to host the Alpine World Ski Championships, both in terms of race infrastructure and in terms of organization and communication, and it duly noted the important efforts put in place with regards to implementing safety regulations and anti- Covid measures to protect the health of participants and of the local population who will have the privilege of hosting the event.
Today’s final inspection was also attended by the committees of Courchevel-Méribel 2023 and of Saalbach 2025, to aid knowledge transfer and share the intangible legacy of major sport events.
“Cortina is ready to kick off the World Championships. We have succeeded in completing all the commitments we made, within the established timeframe, and we are proud that the FIS has recognised the quality and efficacy of the work carried out so far, by a highly competent and close-knit team”, said Valerio Giacobbi, CEO of Fondazione Cortina 2021. “We are committed to making sure that the February World Championships take place, in compliance with the rules and regulations in place to safeguard our health. We are very much looking forward to the arrival of the great international ski champions on our slopes. We know that holding a major international event during the Covid pandemic means that we will be put under even greater scrutiny as the eyes of the world tune in to the event, and this fills us with a great sense of responsibility.”