8. 11. 2015
The first congress day is devoted to the issue “The Right to Risk – About Rights and Risks in Mountain Sports”. In today’s press conference, IMS Organizer Alex Ploner welcomed international media representatives, partners and mountaineers. Two top climbers, Alexander Huber and Oh Eun-Sun, representing the world of mountain sports, were present to take the first questions from the media. The Korean alpinist, who is travelling to the Dolomites for her first time, appeared excited about the first impressions made in the city of Brixen and its surroundings. For Alexander Huber, it is already his second visit at the IMS. To him, the IMS is a unique platform facilitating the debate about controversial topics.
Albert Pürgstaller, Brixen’s mayor, also welcomed the audience and emphasized the importance of the event as the city’s highlight of the year. Dr. Christian Wadsack, president of the Austrian Alpine Club (OEAV), and Georg Simeoni, Senior Chairman of the South Tyrolean Alpine Club (AVS), drew attention to today’s topic “Right to Risk”. Wadsack maintains that “Mountain Sports always requires personal responsibility and is constantly associated with an element of risk”. Simeoni also alludes to the problem of overregulation in mountain sports.
Tonight, the opening celebration will start at 7 pm. Subsequently the conclusions of today’s debate will be presented and discussed. Alongside representatives of the alpine clubs, the two alpinists Alexander Huber and Hanspeterle Eisendle will participate at tonight’s discussion. Interested guests can obtain tickets for tonight’s climax at the Forum Brixen / Bressanone.
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Heinrich Mayer Kaibitsch - Press/Media IMS