Jamie Anderson donates prize money to environmental group
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American snowboarder Jamie Anderson has donated her World Championship prize money to an environmental campaign group.
The donation comes after the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS), Gian-Franco Kasper said there was no proof of climate change.
Anderson, 28, said Kasper should:
“not share his unconstitutional ignorant opinions”.
Kasper, the head of the FIS for more than 20 years, has since apologised.
In the interview with Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, Kasper also said he preferred countries run by dictators to host competitions as they:
“can organize [big] events… without asking the people’s permission”.
Anderson, who is the Olympic slopestyle champion, expressed her disappointment in an Instagram post:
“For him to be so reckless with his words, ignorant and such a negative influence breaks my heart.
Instead, he should practice being a leader for a positive future.
I thought of dropping out of The World Championships, but realized I’d rather share my thoughts with the media and fans and use my platform to share a more positive message.”
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