It is with a heavy heart that FIS announces its former President Gian Franco Kasper has passed away on 9th of July, 2021.
Kasper served FIS for 46 years, including the last 23 years as the FIS President. He retired from that role a little more than a month ago before his successor, Johan Eliasch, was elected at the 52nd International Ski Congress on 4th June.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague and teammate. Georgian Ski Federation team expresses its grief over the death of Jan Franco Casper, an important snow sports member. Our condolences to the family of Jan Franco Casper and the whole team of the International Ski Federation” – President of Georgian Ski Federation, Zurab Kostava, General Secretary Irina Achba, Vice President Patrick Lang and the founder of general sponsor of the federation , George Ramishvili.
Kasper was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 2000-2018 and was a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2003.
“Gian Franco Kasper was unique in the international sports community,” said Johan Eliasch, newly elected FIS President. “He built FIS from a small federation, to the undisputed leader in winter sports, a testament to his vision and work ethic. I had the privilege of knowing Gian Franco for 25 years and shared many fond moments and stories with him. His understated nature and his quick wit will be deeply missed within FIS and the international sports world. On behalf of the entire FIS family, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Kasper family”.