Today Planica hosted FIS Ski Jumping race director Mr. Walter Hofer and race director assistant Mr. Miran Tepeš who made an inspection of the works on the new flying hill.
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After seeing the large progress that has been made in recent weeks, Mr. Hofer during the press conference said: "Thank you very much for the invitation. I was accompanied with my colleague Miran, who is very familiar with this facility. We got a report from the investor and the organizer about the state of preparation. We are still in a huge construction area and we still need some months of work. The most important period will be the next four weeks. We need good external conditions for the rest of the soil work, to build up the first part of the flying hill, which is the most sensitive part. The concrete work is already in place, we will need the installations but that can be done at any time."
He also made a comment about the meaning of Planica: "It's not only a sport event. It's heritage, tradition and a cultural event, which is also important to international family. We're not only here to see the athletes but it's also a gathering for our small discipline," and finished with an optimistic view about the work that still has to be done on the hill: "We are not worried and won't make any speculations that are not necessary. If I say so, we will have a final in Planica in any case. We have more options here. But we have everything prepared to fly here and we don't have any signal that we have to discuss anything else."