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FIS Congress History editions 1-10
7 June 2016 года
FIS Congress History editions 1-10
  • 1st Christiania (NOR) 1910

The first International Ski Congress was held in Christiania (later known as Oslo NOR) on 18thFebruary 1910. 22 delegates from 10 countries attended.

Discussions concluded with the introduction of the International Ski Commission (CIS). A major task was entrusted to this Commission – the establishment and application of a set of rules for each type of ski competition.

Among the delegates was future IOC President, J. Sigfrid Edström.

  • 2nd Stockholm (SWE) 1911

The second International Ski Congress was held from 20th-21st March 1911 in Stockholm (SWE). It saw the participation of 15 delegates from 9 countries.

The Congress took place under the chairmanship of J. Sigfrid Edström. Its main outcome was the adoption of the first international rules for skiing competitions.

  • 3rd Munich (GER) 1912

From 24th-25th January 2012, 14 delegates from 8 countries convened in Munich (GER) for the third edition of the FIS Congress.

In the rules governing amateur status, it was clearly laid out that any skier who receives money for his participation should no longer be considered as an amateur.

  • 4th Bern/Interlaken (SUI) 1913

Bern/Interlaken (SUI) was the host of the 4th Congress from 20th-21st March 1913. It saw the extension of the International Skiing Commission to seven members: two Norwegians, two Swedes, a Swiss, a German and an Austrian.

One of the main outcomes was the adoption of a new set of rules.

  • 5th Christiania (NOR) 1914

In 1914, the International Ski Congress returned to Christiania (NOR) for its 5th edition. 17 delegates from 10 countries attended.

Hassa Horn (NOR) was elected as the new President of the International Ski Commission.

A German delegate suggested that for the first time, skiing should be included on the Olympic programme.

  • 6th Stockholm (SWE) 1922

20 delegates from 6 countries attended the 6th edition of the International Ski Congress in Stockholm (SWE) on 10th February 1922.

The countries of Central Europe were unable to attend following a rail strike in Germany.

No decision was taken in regard to the introduction of skiing on the Olympic programme as the IOC had not yet given full recognition to skiing competitions.

  • 7th Prague (TCH) 1923

The 7th International Ski Congress in Prague on 6th February 1923 saw the presence of American delegates for the first time. In total, 18 delegates from 11 countries attended.

The principle of the foundation of an International Ski Federation was approved. A final decision was tabled for the next meeting.

  • 8th Chamonix (FRA) 1924

A major milestone was taken on 2nd February 1924 in Chamonix (FRA) when the International Ski Federation (FIS) was formally founded. The Congress took place during the International Winter Sports Week – known in Olympic history as the 1st Olympic Winter Games.

According to the first statutes, the Council had to have a President, Vice-President, Secretary General/Treasurer and six members. Finland, Norway and Sweden had to be represented on the Council. In addition, the President and the Secretary General had to be of one of these three nationalities. Following a proposal by Ivar Holmquist, who was elected the first President of FIS, the official abbreviation “FIS” was chosen and has remained until today.

During the Congress it was also decided that FIS should invite ski racers each year to a large international competition. At the origin of the World Championships, these Championships were called a “rendez-vous” until 1927 and from 1929 onwards “the FIS Competitions”.

  • 9th Lahti (FIN) 1926

The question of skiing and the Olympic Games was once again raised at the 9th International Ski Congress in Lahti from 3rd-6th February 1926. 21 delegates from 12 countries attended.

The Congress agreed to the IOC’s decision to include winter sports on the Olympic programme.

  • 10th St. Moritz (SUI) 1928

38 delegates from 15 countries attended the 10th edition of the Congress from 14th-16th February 1928 in St. Moritz (SUI).

Arnold Lunn (GBR) founder of the slalom, or “artistic” skiing, passing through gates, proposes the introduction of Alpine Skiing to the FIS competitions. The project was assigned to a special Committee with K. von Graffenried (SUI) as Chairman.

Von Graffenried then proposed to the Committee that it should recommend to the Congress that countries outside the Alps try these races according to the British rules during the year to come. The Congress approved this proposal unanimously.


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