The FIS WORLDLOPPET CUP 2016 has been announced

In the season 1999/2000 the Worldloppet Ski Federation, in co-operation with the Cross-Country Committee of the International Ski Federation, instituted the FIS MARATHON CUP. Since then, Worldloppet has chosen around 10 ski-marathons out of the 20 Worldloppet races to form the official long distance world cup for elite skiers. During this year’s Annual General Meeting of Worldloppet in June, it was decided to rename the Cup to FIS WORLDLOPPET CUP. This new name is yet another symbol of the close cooperation and outstanding collaboration between Worldloppet and the FIS.

Last week, the FIS Council approved the change of the name during their meeting in Germany, and since that day, the FIS WORLDOPPET CUP 2016 officially exists. The Worldloppet races themselves are responsible for an adequate organization, providing the monetary rewards and covering accommodation costs. Numerous other duties are also carried out by Worldloppet, hence the time to include Worldloppet in the name of the cup has come. “Now Worldloppet is clearly visible in the name of the Cup. We are thankful that the FIS honoured our request of name changing!”, says WL General Secretary, Angelo Corradini.

Yet not only the name is new, also the opening stage has changed: This year, the French La Foulée Blanche will be part of the cup circuit for the first time. As one of two non-WL-races (Ugra Skimarathon), it will open the FIS WORLDLOPPET CUP on January the 17th. A 31.300 Euro prize will be provided by Worldloppet for the overall ranking, and many of the world’s best marathon skiers already confirmed their attendance.

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