Gunel Badalova elected President of the European Ski Mountaineering Council


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Gunel Badalova elected President of the European Ski Mountaineering Council


Lausanne, 10 March 2023The representant from the Azerbaijan Winter Sports Federation , Gunel Badalova, has been elected unanimously as the new President of the European Ski Mountaineering  Council of the ISMF on 8th March, 2022. The Constitutive General Assembly of the European Council was opened by the ISMF President, Regula Meier, who congratulated the presence of the delegates of the National Federations and the candidates and praised the ski mountaineering family for extending their reach.

“I want to congratulate the new elected members of the European Council. It is also an honor to have a powerful and committed woman, Gunel Badalova, leading the European NFs. I am convinced that she will lead them with passion and dedication, and will have a great role in the development of ski mountaineering in Europe”, said ISMF President, Regula Meier after the end of the meeting.

A total of 16 European National Federations took part in the first General Assembly, dedicated to the elections. Badalova was elected President, while another woman, Spanish representative and former athlete Claudia Valero de la Flor was elected Vice-President and Treasurer.

Gaël Rastout (France), João Paulo Queirós (Portugal) and Daniel Knabäck (Sweden) were also elected as members of the European Council.

About the ISMF

Founded in 2007, the International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF is the global governing body for ski mountaineering competitions. Since 2016, the organization is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee IOC. Its main goals are the promotion, regulation and development of the ski mountaineering sport worldwide. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the ISMF’s membership consists of 45 national mountaineering or ski sports federations in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The ISMF organizes ski mountaineering World Cups events and World Championships. For the first time, ski mountaineering has been a medal sport at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has recently been included in the programme of the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.


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