Beijing (IBSF/RWH) More than 60 National Technical Officials (NTO) participated in the first training program of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF in Beijing. The Chinese capital will host the Winter Olympics in 2022. The participants were accompanied by representatives of the Chinese channel CCTV, the operations team venue management and the Beijing 2022 technology department.
Under the direction of Gatis Guts and with the support of Jos Mattli and Michael Grünberger, Technical Officials (TOs) were acquainted with the International Rules for Bobsleigh and Skeleton Sports.
In addition, the duties of the Technical Officials, the Race Director, the staff of the race office and the volunteers were discussed theoretically and deepened by practical demonstrations.
Ick-Joo Lee, sports manager Bobsleigh and Skeleton at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, gave the participants information and testimonials from the Olympic Organizing practice.
At the end of the three-day course, the NTOs could undergo a jury exam.
The program concluded with a visit to the coming Olympic sliding track in Yanqing, which is under construction.
"Last season already, we welcomed the first NTOs for Beijing 2022 at our races to give them the best possible hands-on experience", said IBSF President Ivo Ferriani. "We started our knowledge transfer program during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Xudong Zhang, now sports manager for bobsleigh, skeleton and luge at Beijing 2022, was working as a volunteer at the track then. Ick-Joo Lee's report regarding his experiences as a sports manager in PyeongChang was the next important step. Another contribution to sustainable Olympic organization and beyond: Normunds Kotans, who is now preparing the Beijing 2022 Winter Games with Xudong Zhang, was already a sports manager in Sochi in 2014 and assistant to the sports manager in PyeongChang."
Photos: Beijing 2022 (from left: Normunds Kotans, Jos Mattli, Gatis Guts, Michael Grünberger, Ick-Joo Lee, Xudong Zhang, Depeng Meng)