|Changes from FIS|
There have been some significant changes coming out of the FIS conference over the past week. The most noticable diference is the death of the pursuit. The pursuit format will be replaced with the duathlon format, in which athletes start the race in classic and then switch to the skating technique for the second half of the race. While the pursuit dies, the name lives on. To add to confusion the duathlon will now be known as the pursuit.
This change will be noticed on the international calendar immediately, with two pursuit races scheduled for next year, and six for 2004. The pursuit (duathlon) will be held at next years innaugural under 23 championships in Soldier Hollow, and there is talk of replacing the individual start race at the World Junior in 2004 with a pursuit race. The new pursuit will also be included at the World Championships this year in Val di Fiemme, Italy, leaving only two of the six races as individual start.
The FIS leadership will also likely change at the end of this year, with the resignation of Cross-Country Committee Chairman Odd Martinsen, father of Bente Martinsen. Wintersport.as reports that Vegard Ulvang, Estonia’s Tiit Pekk, Germany’s Georg Zipfel and Canada’s own Al Maddox are all candidates to replace Matinsen.
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