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Just a few hours before the official opening of the 52nd Nordic ski world championship in Seefeld, FIS president Gian Franco Kasper, president of the Austrian Ski Federation Peter Schröcksnadel and mayor of Seefeld, Werner Frießer announced statements about the competition and answered questions of the press representatives in the media center.
Suiss FIS president Gian Franco Kasper attends since Wednesday the Seefeld the second world championship in a row. “The Austrian Ski Federation and Seefeld did excellent work and provided best conditions”, declared Kasper before the opening ceremony. “I am very much convinced, we will have a great, if not excellent event!”, he said. President of the Austrian Ski Federation, Peter Schröcksnadel emphasized, all was done to be very well prepared. “I am very much looking forward to fair and accident-free competition.”
Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel:
„Seefeld is one of the most beautiful places in Austria and we are most thankful for the willingness of the city of Seefeld, to be host of this venue. We are very proud to hold this event and I would like to state explicitly: we are ready! 707 athletes are registered for the individual competitions, we are very much looking forward to exiting and fair competitions and a sports festival for everyone!”
Gian Franco Kasper:
“I was convinced, when I came back only two days ago from Aare, Sweden, we will celebrate a winter fairytale of Nordic skiing here during the next two weeks. Expectations are certainly high – but here in Tyrol, I am very much convinced, we will have a great, if not excellent event!”
„I can tell you, when the signal to start was given for the qualifications in cross-country, it was a very emotional moment for me. I was present and had tears in my eyes when the first skiers entered the cross-country track. All of us locals here looked forward excitedly during preparation and are really glad that it finally starts!”