"Skidpresidenten on-the-spot in the Swedish OLYMPIC aspirant Åre: Easier when you do not need to ask the people"
"in the Midst of the alpine world ski CHAMPIONSHIPS in Åre creates international ski association's (Fis) president strong reactions. "
"In an interview with the swiss Tages-daily gazette denies Gian-Franco Kasper, climate change and says that the OS from a market point of view, always ought to go in dictatorships."
"– They do not need to ask the people, " says Kasper."
"Gian-Franco Kasper is the whole skidsportens most powerful man and an honorary member of the International olympic committee. Right now is the 75-year-old on site in Åre for the alpine world ski CHAMPIONSHIPS – the resort hoping to get arrange the olympic vinterspelet 2026, in cooperation with, inter alia, Stockholm, sweden."
"But it is a hope Kasper does not express his overly enthusiastic about. "
"”Is easier with the dictatorships”"
"Skidpresidenten mean that the OS simply become too large for the european democracies to be able to host the games. "
"– It has become huge and that is why we no longer can find a few candidates. It is too expensive and too large. There are many sports and all costs, " says 75-year-old in an interview with swiss newspaper Tages-daily gazette."
"– Dictatorships can arrange the games, they don't need to ask the people, " says Kasper, and continues on the issue if he does not care about human rights:"
"– It is simply easier with dictatorships. From a purely market perspective, I want to just have the OS in dictatorships. I don't want to have to keep on and mess with the environmentalists. "
"Deny climate change"
"Gian-Franco Kasper, in interview, also denies climate change, was a member of the IOC after the winter OLYMPIC games in 2022 was awarded to Beijing. On the question if he does not have any limit when it comes to potential OLYMPIC hosts draws yet the 75-year-old in a line."
" I do not want to go to a country and to invest in their ski resorts, while people are starving. Where do I draw the border. If Qatar were to search the OS in the morning, I would be against it."
"Tages-the daily gazette: So, you have more concerns than football, handball and the riders who have kept or shall keep their world CUP where?"
" I do not agree with the policy. In Qatar, it is simply that there is too much sand on top of the snow."
"Gian-Franco Kaspers statements have already faced intense criticism from several quarters. A spokesman for the IOC says to NRK that the opinions are the Kaspers own and not shared by the committee. The international ski federation says to the tv channel that they do not want to comment on the move during the ongoing world CUP. "