In June this year, in Cancun Mexico, the International Ski Federation will decide who will host the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2021. Together with Oberstdorf (Germany) and Planica (Czech republic) our hometown Trondheim is official applicant city. Next year it is twenty years since Trondheim hosted the successful 1997 Championships in Nordic disciplines.
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Trondheim`s application emphasize that such large sport events are far more than top-level athletes competing for medals in our own backyard. Among others, the spin-off effects for public health in the region is considered one the basic pillars of the application concept. Moreover, Trondheim aim to develop our main skiing arena, Granåsen, into an all-year venue for exercise and recreation for the public, develop new and climate friendly technology for snow production and strengthen the culture of knowledge sharing in elite sports.
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CERG are a central partner in several projects linked to the championships and we regularly meet other public health partners and policy makers in a joint initiative to increase physical activity levels in the region. Hopefully, such collaborations can both strengthen existing projects and lead to new actions that facilitate active lifestyle in the community.
Many large-scale sport events have aimed to create enthusiasm and increase physical activity levels in recent years –unfortunately few of them with documented sustained effects. We want to contribute to Trondheim`s efforts to make it possible.
Bjarne Martens Nes, Researcher at CERG