Annual Meeting WMA at Site of MWC 2020 Cogne/ITA
MWC 2021 awarded again to Canmore/CAN
19 Members of the Board and Presidency of WMA have met for their Annual Meeting in Cogne/ITA for the reason of the 40th Masters World Cup being held between March 5 and 14, 2020 in Aostatal. Website will be very soon online. The ski stadium is situated in the centre of town and is within walking distance of the hotels. Tracks became inspected and their layout is very attractive and suitable for the higher age classes. For booking requests for accommodation contact , .
Many topics were discussed during Annual Meeting of WMA, headed by President John Downing (Bend, OR/USA).
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The financials were presented by treasurer Lisa Heckmann (Hergiswil/CH), for which she became unanimously discharged. Tetyana Bilous (UKR) and Libor Koubek (CZE) were elected as new cash auditors.
Norbert Meier from the Bidding Committee of Canmore/CAN presented a convincing application. All delegates voted unanimously for Canmore, who already hosted in 1995 a Masters World Cup. Therefore, the Canadians are now organizing already the 6th MWC in their country.
Of importance is the adjustment and updating of competition rules as well the requirement specifications for both the organizer and WMA to which the members of board agreed unanimously.
Vice President Klaus Pleyer (Davos/SUI), responsible for the technical part within WMA, informed about the registration system valid for MWC 2019. As last year, online registration has to be made via Datasport. Registration can be also made via the National Directors. Target is to accept as of MWC 2020 only online registrations. Registration is open by the end of October and deadline by February 1st, 2019. What is also new is the introduction, as in World Cup, of arrow start. In general the introduction of technical zones was approved, whereby final decision to be made exclusively by Jury.
Race Secretary Erik Ostli from the Beitostoelen OC summarized the present status of all preparatory work. One is very much satisfied that accommodation booking (firstname.lastname@example.org) goes very well, indicating a high number of athletes at MWC 2019. On a trial basis relays will be first time on 2 x 2.5 k loops, each classical and freestyle. Participants have the opportunity after finishing MWC to race at the Birkebeiner Rennet starting in Rena with finish in Lillehammer. Registration cannot be made via OC of MWC.
Members of the bidding committee from Les Saisies/France presented a preliminary bid for MWC 2022. In winter 2019 representatives of WMA will visit tracks and all facilities. Decision by the Members of the Board will be made during Annual Meeting in Canmore in fall 2019.
First time a destination from the Baltic States showed interest to host a Masters World Cup. The well-known organizer of the Tartu Maraton, Otepää, will present their application for MWC 2023 by mid of next year.