The International Ski Federation (FSI) and the International Paralymic Committee (IPC) signed a cooperation agreement that focuses on technical aspects and development of FIS and IPC disciplines.
The focus of the agreement is technical cooperation through the FIS Sub-Committee for Skiers with a Disability; this will act as a primary liaison for technical matters between FIS and the IPC and its technical committees for Alpine Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing.
The FIS Sub-Committee will allow the IPC to use FIS technical documentation such as FIS rules and updates, technical delegate education pathways, development, networking and facilitating contact between potential event organizers. Also, FIS technical delegates can be assigned to IPC Alpine Skiing competitions, while IPC can attend FIS technical delegate updates to assist their education and knowledge.
Xavier Gonzalez stated in a press release, “This agreement will further aid the development of skiing sports for people with an impairment and we are grateful to FIS for their continued support … As we approach the next Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014 this agreement will also strengthen our sports and improve them further from a technical point of view.”