Patron of the Event – Minister Ville Skinnari

(Master of Laws, LLM)

Ville Skinnari is Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade – and a known sportsman from Lahti.

Main Director of Organize – Mika Lindberg

Dear dogsport people,

It is time to organize FCI IGP-FH WCH 2021. The event will take place on 11.-15.5.2021 in Lahti, Finland. More closely the competition will happen in Nastola and it’s surroundings near the city of Lahti.

Lahti has a long and spectacular reputation as a sport city and experience of organizing WM-level competitions. Recent events have been FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (2017) and German Shepherd’s WUSV (2015). Finnish way to organize events is proactive and meticulous, we wanna make plan B and plan C before event.

The organizers of 2021 Championship competition are very experienced people. Management personnel in charge of this IGP-FH WCH competition have remarkable experience of many world championship and national championship competitions in Finland and abroad. Roles such as competitor, team leader, judge and organizer have varied in events such as FCI IPO WM, WUSV, Bouvier IPO WM, FMBB, IFR IPO WM and NOM. In addition to this, members of the event’s management have also significant experience of national competitions in both FH and IPO.

In Finland, we have a long experience of using working dogs (like police, custom, border guard and army) but also voluntary SAR and numerous dog sports. Finnish dog trainers are internationally respected and have achieved success in dog sports. Finnish dogs also work and rescue around the world.

In Finland, FH-tracking is highly growing sport, so 2021 World Championship competition will take place in country, were there is a strong boom and lot of new trainers in this sport.

I hope you will accept my invitation to visit Lahti area and see our beautiful and clean nature with it‘s several forests and lakes. In my opinion May is the most beautiful time of year in Finland. After long winter nature is full of life, birds are singing and sun is shining.

Welcome to Lahti!

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