A delegation from the IOC has visited FIS for a sustainability workshop ©FIS

A delegation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has visited the headquarters of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Oberhofen for a sustainability workshop.

IOC associate director corporate development Marie Sallois Dembreville and head of sustainability and Olympic legacy Michelle Lemaître were joined by Stijn Decoene at the meeting with FIS officials.

It allowed skiing’s worldwide governing body to detail the current sustainability initiatives they are undertaking to the IOC as a result of the Agenda 2020 reform process, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

The IOC are visiting all International Federations to hear the actions they are taking in the area and were given information of the programmes being carried out by the FIS.

The workshop at the FIS’ Swiss headquarters represents a key step in meeting the goals of Agenda 2020, it has been claimed.

The meeting between FIS and the IOC was described as very beneficial by Sarah Lewis
The meeting between FIS and the IOC was described as very beneficial by Sarah Lewis ©FIS

“It was a highly productive afternoon with a good exchange of information,” said FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis.

“It was very beneficial for us to learn about the IOC’s efforts in sustainability which can assist our work in this area going forwards.

“We are looking forward to the next steps when the International Federations undertake a similar transfer of knowledge all together under the guidance of the IOC.”

The meeting was held after the FIS staged their annual Congress in Cancun in Mexico, where a number of important decisions were made.

The organisation voted to change its statues to allow a member of the Athletes' Commission to join the full FIS Council with voting rights.

Zhangjiakou in China was chosen to the host the 2021 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, just a year before the venue is due to stage the same sports during the Winter Olympics in Beijing.