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Lausanne (RWH) The 2021 annual Congress of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF will be hosted in a virtual format over two days on September 16th and 17th.

Originally the 2021 IBSF Congress was planned with the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (JBSF) as host and Ocho Rios as venue. IBSF and JBSF had preparational meetings during the past months for the Congress to be held on site.

Though the worldwide situation around the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be improving, both parties had to acknowledge that the participants of the IBSF Congress may still not be able to fully experience the beauty and uniqueness that Jamaica has to offer.

Therefore, it was mutually agreed, to postpone the IBSF Congress to another year. Based on this information the IBSF Executive Committee fully supports the application of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation to host the Congress in 2023 which will be finally decided by the IBSF Congress 2021.

Day 1 of the 2021 IBSF Congress will be the Pre-Congress day with the presentations by the Executive Committee Members and other stakeholders in an interactive format where the delegates of the member federations can raise their questions through the video function.

The Congress itself will be held on Day 2, the 17th of September again with interaction by the delegates through video.

“I want to thank the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and its President Chris Stokes for the great effort he has put forward during the last months.“, said IBSF President Ivo Ferriani. We all prefer to meet in person but the current circumstances require us to be as flexible as possible and force us to hold the Congress again in a virtual format. After one year of online meetings we are all familiar with that format of a meeting. Nevertheless, our priority will be on an interactive exchange with our Members to allow for the best experience of all participants.  I am sure our Member Federations will echo and support the application by Jamaica to host the Congress 2023. The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation has been a key player in the promotion of our sports since decades and it’s only fair to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the IBSF in Jamaica in 2023. Obviously the final decision will be taken by the Congress Delegates.“

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