2014 FIBT Congress in Monaco
The Monégasque Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge Federation hosted the 2014 Federation de International Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) Congress, which recently concluded in Monty Carlo. Aaron Simson-Woods represented Sliding Sports Australia (SSA) at the congress. The major focus was the election of the FIBT Executive Committee for the upcoming quadrennial cycle (2014 – 18) in the build up to the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The following people where elected to the FIBT Executive Committee:
- President: Ivo Ferriani, Italy
- Vice President Finical and Corporate Affairs: Andreas Trautvettter, Germany
- Vice President International Affairs: Adam Pengilly, Great Britain
- Vice President Legal Affairs: Ben Sandford, New Zealand
- Vice President Sport: Darren Steele, USA
- Vice President Communication: George Bedjamov, Russia
- Vice President Marketing: David Tomatis, Monaco
Historically Ben Sandford from New Zealand becomes the first person from the Oceania region to be elected to the FIBT Executive Committee. However SSA congratulates the entire newly elected executive and is excited about collaboration with the new board in the coming months.
The FIBT has secured a television partnership with Infront Marketing up to the 2017/18 seasons. This ensures that there will be over 200 hours worth of Bobsleigh and Skeleton races broadcast live in Australia per year via the FIBT Youtube Channel.
The FIBT wants to increase participation from small nation in international races through the new initiatives in Parasport, Monobob and at the Youth Olympics.
Monobobs built by Swissbob will be used for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer in 2016 and for future parabob events. The FIBT is planning to position 10 monobob’s each at the tracks in Park City, USA; Lillehammer, Norway; and Igls, Austria. This offers athletes the possibility to hire sleds and train in order to gain driving experience.
The FIBT is involved in negotiations with the IOC for the final set up of the sliding events at the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer, Norway. The FIBT anticipates having a field of 15 sleds for the men and women’s monobob and 20 sleds in the Men and Women’s Skeleton at the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer.
The FIBT Parasports commission continues to work towards achieving the goal of having Bobsleigh and Skeleton as recognized Paralympic Games sports. Significantly the FIBT has recently been given IPC recognition.
Belgium will host the 2015 FIBT congress. 2015 will also see a return of the FIBT Summer World Push Championship, which will be held in Stuttgart Germany.
Presentations by the organizers of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics show that the Lillehammer Bobsleigh Skeleton and Luge Track is ready to host events for the YOG. Recently the track had its timing system overhauled and will host ICC and EC Skeleton races this forthcoming season.
The organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang started construction of the Alpensia Sliding Centre in March. The Organisers anticipate that the venue will be ready for homologation in October 2016.
What this means to Australia?
- Continued access to live stream access to World Cup and World Championships live on the FIBT’s YouTube channel.
- Access to monobobs for athletes to hire and train with at Igls, Lillehammer and Park City.
- Opportunities to develop new teams in monobob, parabob and for the YOG.
- Opportunities to send a team to the 2015 FIBT Summer World Push Championships.