Swedish Ski Affiliation embraces fluor-free period with Mats Eklund

In accordance with a press release, the Swedish Ski Federation has named Mats Eklund, the vice head of the cross-country crew, because the coordinator of the fluor ban implementation. 

With duty extending throughout all sports activities below the Affiliation’s scope, this initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK), the Biathlon Union, in addition to the Norwegian and Finnish Snowboarding Associations. Drawing from his intensive expertise, Mats Eklund, who has beforehand labored as a private wax tech for athletes like Charlotte Kalla for over a dozen seasons, has been an integral a part of the Swedish Ski Affiliation, Biathlon Affiliation, and the SOK since 2001.

In his phrases, “The fluorocarbons discovered within the fluor waxing are harmful for animals, nature, and folks. My hope is that Snowboarding and Snowboarding Sweden takes on this transformation with a optimistic angle and understands that that is good for each the local weather and the working atmosphere. Not everybody can do every little thing, however we make a distinction collectively,” asserts Mats Eklund.

The Worldwide Snowboarding and Snowboarding Federation (FIS) had already set a precedent in 2019 by committing to a fluor-free strategy. In a current announcement, FIS mandated that complete checks will probably be carried out throughout all FIS-sanctioned competitions from the upcoming 2023/2024 season onward. These checks will embody pre-race assessments in addition to post-race evaluations, protecting each worldwide and nationwide occasions.

Learn Extra: FIS commits to fluor-free competitions with a full waxing ban from the 2023/2024 season.

Mats Eklund goals to streamline the transition course of by demystifying its intricacies.

“There will probably be many alternatives to get your questions answered on-site and on-line. We now have deliberate a journey with six stops, from South to North, the place we are going to exhibit the check tools and let anybody who desires to ask questions. On the identical time, we are going to conduct a number of webinars the place there’s additionally the chance to ask questions.”

The Roadshow – Overlaying 6 places in 7 weeks 

The Ski Affiliation’s complete roadshow is about to kick off in Ulricehamn throughout week 37 and conclude in Gällivare by week 45. Alongside the journey, stops may even be made in Falun (week 39), Sundsvall (week 41), Östersund (week 43), and Skellefteå (week 45). 


Tailor-made for various audiences, the Swedish Ski Affiliation will host three distinct webinars, every tailor-made for youngsters and youth, elite athletes, and leisure contributors. These periods will probably be recorded and out there on the Affiliation’s web site for later reference.

Are you curious about conventional cross-country snowboarding? Learn extra right here.

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