Johan Eliasch (59) was elected president of the FIS at the 52nd congress of the body held online. The Swedish-Briton succeeds Grison Gianfranco Kasper, who had held the position for 23 years.

Johan Eliasch has been the main shareholder and CEO of the sporting goods brand Head for 25 years. Before the election, he had indicated that he would give up his salary as president of the FIS.

Urs Lehmann, president of Swiss-Ski, suffered a big disappointment. The 52-year-old Argovian, former world downhill champion, was only able to win 26 votes. Briton Sarah Lewis, former FIS General Secretary, had 15 and former FIS Vice-President, Swede Mats Arjes, 13.

Gianfranco Kasper was unable to attend the congress for health reasons. The 77-year-old Swiss leader is currently hospitalized with respiratory problems. He was only able to leave intensive care on Thursday.

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