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The town of Seefeld, Olympic venue of the Nordic disciplines in 1964, 1976 and 1985, submitted its bid to host the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Austria’s last Nordic World Championships took place in 1999 in the village of Ramsau. Seefeld’s competitors are Oberstdorf in Bavaria, Planica in Slovenia and Almaty in Kazakhstan. The decision as to which town will host the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will be announced on 5th June 2014 at the FIS Congress in Barcelona.
Following a briefing on 7th June 2013 at an event meeting in Dubrovnik, attended by Rupert Steger, (ÖSV – Austrian Ski Federation), Werner Frießer (Mayor of Seefeld) and Markus Tschoner (Olympiaregion Seefeld Director), a team of experts immediately set to work on drawing up a concept to present to the International Ski Federation.
The local team responsible for Seefeld’s bid is made up of the following members:
Mayor of Seefeld and Chairman of Seefeld Ski Club: Werner Frießer
Director of the Olympiaregion Seefeld Tourism Association: Markus Tschoner
World Cup General Secretary: Yvonne Weichhart
Chief Technical Officer, Seefeld Ski Club: Robert Frießer
The local team is supported by Dr. Klaus Leistner, General Secretary of the Austrian Ski Federation and Rupert Steger, Austrian Ski Federation Head of Event Marketing.
After lengthy deliberation, the location originally planned for the cross-country skiing and ski-jumping stadium in the Casino Arena was changed to the Möserertal valley. A stadium near Seefeld’s Seekirchl church, used in 1985, was deemed no longer feasible for technical and infrastructural reasons. In order to ensure that such a major event is as environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable as possible, a strong focus was placed on the use of shuttle buses and public transport.