Con­tro­ver­sial New FIS Rules on Length of Clas­sic Poles

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FIS, the In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion, has in­tro­duced a con­tro­ver­sial new max­i­mum clas­sic pole length of 83 per­cent of body height for World Cups, Con­ti­nen­tal Cups and also ski marathons reg­is­tered as FIS races. Start­ing this ski sea­son the new rule will be en­forced as mea­sured from the tip of the pole to the point of en­try of the loop into the han­dle.

The im­pe­tus for this move is an attempt to pre­serve the clas­sic tech­nique by pre­vent­ing skiers from dou­ble-pol­ing their way to the fin­ish. FIS also hopes to curb half skat­ing, skat­ing steps, etc., which is for­bid­den in clas­si­cal tech­nique races.

De­spite much crit­i­cism FIS seems ready to stand by its de­ci­sion claim­ing the rule had been passed unan­i­mously by all Na­tional Ski As­so­ci­a­tions. FIS says a pole mea­sure­ment de­vice will be avail­able dur­ing of­fi­cial train­ing at races so that ath­letes can check their equip­ment and will ex­e­cute ran­dom con­trols. A bro­ken pole dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion can be re­placed by one of any length but if two poles are bro­ken then the rule ap­plies.

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