The Slovenia Times

Planica to host 2023 Nordic World Ski Championships


This was Slovenia's fourth attempt to host the championships after bidding unsuccessfully for the events in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Two years ago Planica was chosen to host the 2020 Ski Flying World Championships, an event it has hosted six times already, most recently in 2010.

Planica, best known for its gigantic ski flying hill, was completely renovated two and a half years ago and boasts a state-of-the art nordic centre.

The bid, in which Slovenia cooperated with Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the border municipalities of Tarvisio, in Italy, and Villach in Austria, was presented to some 1,000 delegates on Tuesday.

The Slovenian delegation highlighted the beauty of the Alpine valley in which the "Triglav National Park comes into contact with a modern nordic centre".

The delegation also noted the tradition of ski jumping, cross-country and Nordic combined events in Slovenia, the infrastructure and Slovenia as a sports nation.

In her address Education Minister Maja Makovec Brenčič pledged the country "will do everything in our power to make a hearty host". "Thank you for your trust and faith in us," she said.

Thanking the delegates for their votes and trust, the head of the Slovenian Ski Association Enzo Smrekar extended his thanks to the Slovenian government and the Planica team for its perseverance.

Bidding for the fourth time, Slovenia paid the FIS a fee of 75,000 euro. Smrekar has valued the entire bid project at at least twice as much.

"Planica has made huge investments in the facilities that likely make the most advanced ski centre in the world. Athletes will be able to truly display their potential and Slovenians' passion for winter sports will create an unforgettable atmosphere," FIS president Gian Franco Kasper.

"We've been endeavouring for almost a decade to finally win the Nordic World Ski Championships. This is an exceptional recognition for Slovenian sports and Slovenia, said Janez Kocijančič, a Slovenian who has been member of the FIS council since 1981.


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