Fennovoima teams up with Ski Association

12 Oct 2018, 04:22

  DF Report

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The Finnish Ski Association on Thursday signed a collaboration agreement with Fennovoima, a Finnish nuclear power company, said a press release.

Under the agreement Fennovoima will become an official partner of the X-Country Ski Team Finland A and the title partner of the U18 X-Country team.

The agreement is for two years and there is an option to prolong it for two more years. Fennovoima will also be a visible partner of the World Cup ski events in Ruka and Lahti.

“We are very pleased with the new partnership with Fennovoima. In addition to supporting cross-country skiing, Fennovoima and the Finnish Ski Association share the concern regarding climate change, as it directly affects our sport. We all want that both competitive and recreational skiing could take place in natural wintery conditions in the future as well. We hope that the climate perspective is strongly emphasised when making choices about future energy production forms,” said Finnish Ski Association Executive Director Mika Kulmala.

Fennovoima Communication Manager Tiina Rytky said, “Both Fennovoima and the Finnish Ski Association have a shared goal: we want to protect the Finnish winter. Finland’s top competitive skiers and recreational skiers will need snow to practice their sport in the future, too. However, climate change is a threat to Finland’s snowy winters. Emissions-free nuclear power is part of the solution to preserving the Finnish winter and winter sports.”

The Finnish Ski Association has also raised concerns about the snow conditions. In the association’s new strategy, skiing conditions and future winters are highlighted as critical factors to safeguard the future of skiing as a sport.

The partnership between Fennovoima and the Ski Association will also be visible in skiing events for the entire family on 17 March 2019 in Pyhäjoki and on 13 April 2019 in Oulu. At the events, anyone can take part in a fun-focused sprint ski race – either individually or with a team. Members of the X-Country Ski Team Finland A and the U18 team will be on hand to cheer on the race participants.