A mess at the Austrian Skating Association. After the departure of President Peter Schroxnadl (79), the successor was settled in the Election Commission on Tuesday – with a surprising man who won out of nowhere.
Neither Vice President Michael Walshofer (46) nor Renate Guchl (45) holds the position. The two former nominees go skiing empty-handed. Instead, Karl Schmidhofer was pulled from the hat in the middle of the election, Austrian News Agency writes. The uncle of former Super G champion Nicole Schmidhofer wins. He is now the sole candidate and official successor, on June 19 in the National Convention he must be formally elected by the electors
Walchhofer introduced, called Götschl too late
One by one: at 4 pm, the electoral commission arrives at a hotel in Anif, Salzburg. Walchhofer, longtime running for the position, started his show while Götschl wasn’t even around.
According to media reports, she received the invitation too late. Later, she was asked to come to the hotel. When it was announced at 7 p.m. that she was on her way, there was dinner for the attendees. 7.30 p.m. The message comes: Guchl refused to come. 20.30 continues for the commission. crazy.
But even if the two-time world champion is missing, the Waltuchsger has yet to be selected. As of 11 pm, no decision had yet been made.
The decision will be taken at 1:35 am.
Because voters couldn’t agree on Walchhofer or Götschl, Karl Schmidhofer’s name suddenly appeared. A name that had never been up for discussion in the preceding weeks, and that didn’t even appear as a rumor. At about 1:35 am, they agreed on him as the new ski boss. Schmidhofer received six votes out of nine, with three abstentions.
The 59-year-old is president of the Styrian Ski Association and a member of the ÖVP National Council. The management consultant now wants to let go of that mandate, he explains after the meeting.
Does Sherrocksnadel have another effect?
The big question: What role will Schmidhofer play? In the mud fight of the past few weeks, the accusation was repeatedly raised that Peter Shroxnadell wanted to continue to influence the skating association through the new president. (SME)