The FIS boffins caved in to the harsh realities of 2020 and have just published their decision to postpone the much talked about absolute ban on fluorowaxes from the upcoming season to 2022/23. Wise move! Here: Fluorinated Ski Wax Prohibition The Council decided in November 2019 that the use of fluorinated ski wax will be banned for all FIS disciplines from the 2020-21 season which have been shown scientifically to have a negative environmental and health impact. Regulations have been established in USA that are already in place and will be implemented in the EU from July 2020 which impact the manufacturer of these products. Kompass has developed hand-held detector testing devices that will be certified by the Frauenhof Institute and tested during the summer months. Thereafter they will also…
Ebba Andersson, Linn Svahn plus friends & associates, 56 people in all, held in impromptu race on Östersund on Friday, the local Östersunds Posten reports. And there was nothing illegal with that. It's difficult for the most Europeans and a large portion of the North Americans to imagine , but Sweden is not on a lockdown, not yet at least: restaurants are open and so are ski resorts ,for instance. Only very large gatherings are banned, and, since March 12 , that includes organized ski races. Nobody said a word about " non-organized" ones, however. Ebba Andersson won that one - as you probably figured out.
The last remaining races of the FIS World Cup season, Sprint C and Sprint F are officially cancelled. After the United States and Canadian teams joined the Swedes, the Germans, the Brits and the Czechs who decided to withdraw yesterday, it was more like a formality. The Russians and the Slovenians said they were ready to run, but the FIS pulled the plug this morning. Johaug and Bolshunov won both the Distance Globe and the overall Big Crystal Globe, Svahn and Klaebo will receive the Sprint Globe. All by post, presumably.
We received a message from Johannes Klaebo to all his North American fans which we promptly convey: "I am very sorry that I did not get the opportunity to meet the Canadian and American cross country skiing fans! I hope to come back stronger next time the World Cup cross-country is organized there!"
"Totally disagree (with those who want to shorten it) 😬 The 50k in Holmenkollen has too much history, can't change it. It is the definition of cross country skiing! ...Yes, I am doing the 50k. It's my first chance in Kollen, and it's the biggest race for a Norwegian! Can't say no to that. Hope to recover before the Sprint Tour in North America 😅" Valnes, 23, is currently second in the World Cup Sprint rankings, behind only Johannes Klaebo