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Planica to host 2020 Ski Flying World Championships


The vote was taken last night at the 50th congress of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Cancun, Mexico.

With brand new modern facilities, Planica will organise yet another unforgettable Ski Flying World Championships with immense support from fans, FIS president Gian Franco Kapser said after the vote.

Slovenia has hosted the FIS Ski Flying World Championships six times before, most recently in 2010, while it was the third time it unsuccessfully bid to host the Nordic World Ski Championship.

"We are probably the biggest ski jumping nation never to have hosted the Nordic Worlds yet. Our team, which will get better still, deserves it. Slovenia can set an example, we've got everything needed and we'd like to share it with the rest of the world," Franci Petek, Planica's ski jumping ambassador and former world champion, said ahead of the vote.

Oberstdorf won the bid already in the first round, receiving 11 of 17 votes of the FIS presidency. Norway's Trondheim was given four votes and Planica only two.

Slovenian Ski Association head Enzo Smrekar said after the vote that "we really cannot be satisfied, but it is true that we had had two nominations in play," adding that perhaps this was the decisive factor.

Petek too could not hide his disappointment because "we know that we are an excellent candidate, both in terms of organisation and infrastructure, as well as by enthusiasm and heart."

While saying that the Ski Flying World Championships were a consolation prize, he said that Slovenia would not give up hope, courage and will to eventually be awarded a Nordic World Ski Championships.


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