The Lauberhorn-Zoff moves Switzerland. After Swiss Ski had the downhill classic for January 2022 deleted from the World Cup calendar, politics is now even stirring.
“I followed this development with great concern,” says Lars Guggisberg, SVP National Councilor of the Canton of Bern to BLICK. “So I wrote an open letter that we sent this morning to Urs Lehmann and Urs Näpflin.”
Swiss Ski President Lehmann and the Lauberhorn OK boss Näpflin have been arguing for money for years. Näpflin wants more of the cake of TV money for the Lauberhorn races. Swiss Ski no longer wants to pay without receiving the corresponding benefits. Since 2018, the Zoff has even been negotiated in front of the CAS international sports court after the Lauberhorn-OK initiated the legal steps.
And now Swiss politics is moving. Guggisberg received 19 signatures for his letter within a very short time. Most of them were Bernese national and councils of states and former Federal Councilor Adolf Ogi.
The letter in the wording:
«Dear Näpflin and Lehmann, Dear Sir or Madam
With this letter, we take the liberty of expressing our concern about the possible death of the Lauberhorn races.
The races on the Lauberhorn are of great importance for our country in terms of sport, society and the economy. With their global appeal, the races are invaluable for Swiss sport, Swiss tourism, young Swiss skin and the Swiss economy. Thousands of jobs in the Bernese Oberland are at stake. To let this traditional event, which has existed since 1930, die would be fatal for all of Switzerland and especially for the Canton of Bern and the Bernese Oberland region.
We urge you to sit down again at the table and find a solution so that the Lauberhorn races can continue to take place in the future. For the Swiss ski resort, dying the Lauberhorn races is unthinkable. We place great trust in you and ask you to do everything possible to ensure that the unthinkable does not happen. Of course, we offer you our support to mediate between the parties if desired. »
In addition to Ogi and Guggisberg, the letter will also be signed by Hans Stöckli (Council of States), Adrian Amstutz (former SVP National Council), Mathias Aebischer (SP National Council), ChristaMarkwalder (FDP National Council), Albert Rösti (SVP National Council) or Christian Wasserfallen (FDP National Council) .
We can only hope that the words will be heard by the Lauberhorn brawlers. Because one thing is clear to everyone: Nobody wants a ski winter without the Bernese Oberland classic.