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  • Writer's pictureMichael Plugge

Strong criticism of Sandro Pertile's words: "completely unacceptable"

In March, the men's FIS race director came with a statement where he said that women should not be given a ski flying World Cup. Now Stine Aaseth Korsen of the Norwegian Jumping Committee responds.

Race director Sandro Pertile (Photo: Gulliverimage)

Sandro Pertile's words were immediately heavily criticized by, among others, the Minister of Culture Anette Trettebergstuen. Stine Aaseth Korsen, the head of the Jumping Committee, tells in an interview with VG that she spoke to Sandro Pertile about his words and issued him a warning.

"What he said was completely inappropriate"

"I have spoken to Sandro. What he said was completely inappropriate. I've spent a lot of time making him understand that culturally in Norway it's completely unacceptable that we have different rules for boys and girls. No one in Norway accepts it. I let him know that we will not go quietly," Korsen told VG.

"We would not take this lightly"

Stine Aaseth Korsen made it clear that when decisions are made, they will be loyal, but "we were clear that we would not let this matter pass. Sandro received a clear message that we would not take this lightly," she said.


Head of the Norwegian Jump Committee, Stine Aaseth Korsen (Photo: NTB)

In response to the words of Stine Aaseth Korsen, Sandro Pertile says that she is of great value to Norwegian ski jumping. "And I really believe that women will get World Cup status (in ski flying). We are all moving in the same direction," says the race director to VG.

"I really believe that women will get World Cup status"

The fight for a ski flying World Cup goes beyond equal opportunities for men and women. It is also about commercializing the sport and the benefits that come with it, such as travel support and TV rights. Things that the women have proven to deserve, according to Korsen.

"If we hadn't had Clas Brede Bråthen, we wouldn't have gotten through these things"

Meanwhile, Korsen also praises Clas Brede Bråthen for his effort on getting the women more opportunities. "If we hadn't had Clas Brede Bråthen, we wouldn't have gotten through these things. In all these years, he has had full control over how to proceed in such processes. He has the ability to never give up," she said. She emphisizes that everyone in the sport knows how important he is and that this is the reason why (in his battle with the NSF board), they choose to fight for him.

(Source: VG)

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