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Swedish Ski Association embraces fluor-free era with Mats Eklund

In a recent announcement, the Swedish Ski Association revealed the appointment of Mats Eklund as responsible for coordinating the introduction of the fluor ban.

Photo: Mathias Bergeld/Bildbyrån

Mats Eklund at the Lillehammer World Cup 2019.

According to a press release, the Swedish Ski Federation has named Mats Eklund, the vice head of the cross-country team, as the coordinator of the fluor ban implementation. 

With responsibility extending across all sports under the Association’s scope, this initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK), the Biathlon Union, as well as the Norwegian and Finnish Skiing Associations. Drawing from his extensive experience, Mats Eklund, who has previously worked as a personal wax tech for athletes like Charlotte Kalla for over a dozen seasons, has been an integral part of the Swedish Ski Association, Biathlon Association, and the SOK since 2001.

In his words, “The fluorocarbons found in the fluor waxing are dangerous for animals, nature, and people. My hope is that Skiing and Snowboarding Sweden takes on this change with a positive attitude and understands that this is good for both the climate and the working environment. Not everyone can do everything, but we make a difference together,” asserts Mats Eklund.

The International Skiing and Snowboarding Federation (FIS) had already set a precedent in 2019 by committing to a fluor-free approach. In a recent announcement, FIS mandated that comprehensive checks will be carried out during all FIS-sanctioned competitions from the upcoming 2023/2024 season onward. These checks will encompass pre-race assessments as well as post-race evaluations, covering both international and national events.

Read More: FIS commits to fluor-free competitions with a full waxing ban from the 2023/2024 season.

Mats Eklund aims to streamline the transition process by demystifying its intricacies.

“There will be many opportunities to get your questions answered on-site and online. We have planned a journey with six stops, from South to North, where we will demonstrate the test equipment and let anyone who wants to ask questions. At the same time, we will conduct several webinars where there is also the opportunity to ask questions.”

The Roadshow – Covering 6 locations in 7 weeks 

The Ski Association’s comprehensive roadshow is set to kick off in Ulricehamn during week 37 and conclude in Gällivare by week 45. Along the journey, stops will also be made in Falun (week 39), Sundsvall (week 41), Östersund (week 43), and Skellefteå (week 45). 


Tailored for different audiences, the Swedish Ski Association will host three distinct webinars, each tailored for children and youth, elite athletes, and recreational participants. These sessions will be recorded and available on the Association’s website for later reference.

Are you interested in traditional cross-country skiing? Read more here.

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