Switzerland will host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2020, and it’s an organizational challenge to say the least. The bigger challenge is selling tickets, says Gian Gilli, CEO of the event. But, he adds, if the Swiss team medals at this year’s tournament, the tickets may sell themselves.
The Queen and King of the Mountain race in Andermatt will double in size for next year’s 20th anniversary edition. Matt Leighton talks about the expansion plans and looks at what this year’s winner and local star, Aline Danioth, has planned for the rest of 2019.
Countless Swiss skiing stars, including Didier Cuche and Lara Gut, got their start at Grand Prix Migros, one of the largest youth races in the world. The series of races—for 6- to 16-year-olds—includes more than 6,000 young hopefuls. Matt Leighton breaks down the logistics of Grand Prix Migros, often referred to as “more than a ski race,” and the event’s future.
Women’s championship tennis in the form of the Samsung Open is underway in Lugano, and the tournament has already had its share of shocks, including top-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland losing in the first round. But despite being early in the season, this clay-court tournament attracts a strong international field that has its eye on the French Open.
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations launched its report on the “Future of Global Sport” with one overarching theme—things need to change. ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti stresses the need for more governance and entrepreneurialism, among other things. And of course, the need for more money.
Back in 1893, a pair of Swiss-made skis cost a mere 20 Swiss francs, the equivalent of a few nights in a fine hotel at the time. Find out how the passionate members of the Kandahar-Club Hirsegg are keeping old traditions alive.
Countries around the world have sent their strongest skiers to navigate the complex and difficult course in Villars for the SkiMo World Championships.