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Nordic World Ski Championships

Nordic World Ski Championships 2023

The hosting city for the World Championships 2023 (22 February - 5 March 2023) was announced at the FIS Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE).

With Planica (SLO) and Trondheim (NOR), two traditional venues were bidding for the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships 2023 and, in the end, the organizing committee from Planica could celebrate.

Planica already wanted to host the World Championships 2017, 2019 and 2021, but lost against Lahti, Seefeld, and Oberstdorf. The fourth attempt was now successful for the Slovenes and so World Championships in the nordic disciplines will be held in the Planica Nordic Center for the first time ever.

"This is a great opportunity for the Slovenian Ski Association. After eight years of hard work we finally get the opportunity to show to the world that we can and we will host a great event. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in Planica 2023", said Enzo Smrekar, the president of the Slovenian Ski Association.

Planica, best known for its gigantic ski flying hill, was completely renovated two and a half years ago and boasts a state-of-the art nordic centre.

The bid, in which Slovenia cooperated with Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the border municipalities of Tarvisio, in Italy, and Villach in Austria, was presented to some 1,000 delegates. The Slovenian delegation highlighted the beauty of the Alpine valley in which the "Triglav National Park comes into contact with a modern nordic centre".

The delegation also noted the tradition of ski jumping, cross-country and Nordic combined events in Slovenia, the infrastructure and Slovenia as a sports nation. In her address Education Minister Maja Makovec Brenčič pledged the country "will do everything in our power to make a hearty host". "Thank you for your trust and faith in us," she said.

Thanking the delegates for their votes and trust, the head of the Slovenian Ski Association Enzo Smrekar extended his thanks to the Slovenian government and the Planica team for its perseverance.

Bidding for the fourth time, Slovenia paid the FIS a fee of 75,000 euro. Smrekar has valued the entire bid project at at least twice as much.

"Having Nordic World Ski Championships at home will definitely be beautiful. Especially because of the fans. I believe that the situation will be completely different then. There’s always a lot of fans in Planica and I believe that in 2023 it won't be any different. We will jump on hills where we train a lot and that will definitely be an advantage. Considering how well organized was the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in December I have no doubt that this Championships will be a great spectacle,'' said Žiga Jelar, who believes that the event will be talked about more and more, even in the ski jumping caravan. ''We are going from competition to competition, as we like to say, but maybe after Sunday's race the word will be about Championships in 2023. As far as I know, I believe that everyone is very enthusiastic, because everyone loves coming to Planica. This is also a very nice event for them.''

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