64th FIL Congress in Lake Placid Focus on Ethics Code - 2018 Olympics in mind

Lake Placid (RWH) The 64th Congress of the International Luge Federation (FIL), which is set to take place in Lake Placid, NY, on June 17-18, 2016, will focus in detail on the Ethics Code, with the 2018 Olympics in mind.

Lake Placid (RWH) The 64th Congress of the International Luge Federation(FIL), which is set to take place in Lake Placid, NY, on June 17-18, 2016,will focus in detail on the Ethics Code, with the 2018 Olympics in mind.

In addition to the reports by FIL President Josef Fendt of Germany, aspeech by Secretary General Svein Romstad (USA) and a financial

overview from Vice President Harald Steyrer (AUT), the new Ethics Codewill also be on the agenda. Dr Christian Krähe (GER), the General Counselof the FIL, will provide background information and explanatory notes aboutthis issue. The Ethics Code was developed by Dr. Krähe together withNorbert Hiedl (GER).

The conference agenda also includes a raft of motions relating to thestatutes and amendments to the International Luge Regulations (IRO). The2020 FIL Championships will also be awarded. To conclude, the venue ofthe 2018 congress will be decided. The FIL, which was established in 1957,can look back on a very eventful 2015-2016 season, which featuredhighlights such as the World Championships in Königssee (GER), thehighly successful debut of the sprint discipline, and the second WinterYouth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Looking to the future, the prospects for the umbrella organization alsoappear to be good. The Olympic track in PyeongChang will experience aninternational baptism of fire when it hosts the Viessmann Luge World Cupin February 2017. The FIL’s institutions are in close contact with Beijing asit prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games.

FIL President Josef Fendt therefore does not believe that his sport’sOlympic status is under threat. "Luge itself has the status of ‘core sport inthe Olympic program’, and I do not currently see any specific threat oflosing this status," Fendt said in an interview in the latest issue of the FILmagazine. Fendt continued: "On the other hand, there is criticism relating tothe increasing cost of ice tracks. We are already working closely with theInternational Olympic Committee to counteract this issue."

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