Gian-Franco Kasper to chair Coordination Commission for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012

IOC Press Release - 12 January 2009

A month after the election by the IOC members of Innsbruck as the host city of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, the IOC President today announced the appointment of Mr. Gian-Franco Kasper, an IOC member and President of the International Ski Federation (FIS), as the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games, the group of representatives from the IOC and the Olympic Movement who will be monitoring the Youth Olympic Games preparations and guiding the Innsbruck Organising Committee over the next three years.

Mr. Kasper has great experience of Games coordination as a member of the Coordination Commissions for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 (1999-2002), XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006 (2000-2006), XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 (since 2003) and the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 (since 2007).

Gian-Franco Kasper will accompany IOC President Jacques Rogge during the inaugural IOC visit to Innsbruck this week on 14 and 15 January.