The International Ski Federation (FIS) has held a coordination meeting, receiving updates on the organisation of the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, scheduled to take place in Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy in 2021.
Two days of conversation brought the FIS, the Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) and marketing company Infront together to meet with the Cortina 2021 Organising Committee and municipal authorities from Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Now there are less than 130 days until the day and FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis expressed her satisfaction with the work already carried out.
These discussions also coincided with the 100th birthday celebrations of FISI, taking place in Milan's Hangar Bicocca for the FISI Media Day.
FISI President Flavio Roda was present for the event, as was President of Cortina 2021 Alessandro Benetton and Lorenzo Tardini, sales and marketing director of Cortina 2021.
Some of Italy's greatest Alpine skiers were also there including Sofia Goggia, the ambassador for the World Ski Championships and new FIS World Cup champion Federica Brignone, the ambassador for Corty, the mascot for the event.
Benetton stated in a speech that Cortina was ready to host the Championships and ensured it would be held safely in line with COVID-19 guidelines.
He also mentioned the work being done on the Olympia delle Tofane, Vertigine, Druscie A and Lacedelli courses ahead of the Championships, while highlighting the legacy of infrastructure and skills already in place in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
"Everything is ready in Cortina for hosting these World Championships," said Benetton.
"We can't wait to get started, everything is raring to go.
"I'd like to thank the people that have made all this possible, it's an exceptional team.
"It hasn't once stopped working, not even during lockdown, and has analysed every opportunity and weighed up all the potential scenarios in the current pandemic."
Tardini also explained what form the Opening Ceremony for the World Championships would take, with it being scheduled for February 7.
It is set to feature a tribute to the Queen of the Dolomites, highlighting the natural beauty of the area as well as showcasing the modern-day Carnival of Venice and Verona's opera singers.
There is expected to be over 600 athletes from 70 different countries with 500 million viewers watching live around the world, according to organisers.
Tickets are scheduled to go live for the event on October 19.
The Championships are scheduled to take place from February 7 to 21 2021.