Tuesday, May 24

Voice responds to role-mixing criticism

The Norwegian Ski Association and ski president Erik Røste received harsh criticism when the “Bråthen report” was presented on Saturday. Voice is accused of role mixing.

GETS CRITICISM: Ski president Erik Røste, here at extraordinary sports meeting, last year.

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– It is time for a review of the ski president’s work tasks to prevent conflicts in the daily operation of the association, said Katharina Rise.

She heads the evaluation committee that has looked at the “Bråthen case”.

At a press conference, she explains that there has been a mix of roles from the ski president towards Ingvild Bretten Berg’s role as general secretary, and that this has led to ambiguities.

– I have to read the committee’s report and look at it. Of course, I take note of what has come to light, Røste answers.

– There is a lot of criticism here. A picture is drawn of the president stepping on the lawn of the secretary general, an organization that has challenges with personnel management, leaks, people quitting, loss of reputation. This is after ten years with you as president. Can you live with this?

– Yes, here there is a lot of criticism and many good learning points. That will be my focus now going forward, together with my board and the rest of the organization. There is no doubt that we are a complex organization. We have not hidden that, says Røste to VG.

– We appointed an organizational committee in the autumn of 2018, precisely to look at our organizational model. It should have been treated at the 2020 ski resort, but it was postponed and we have therefore never treated it, he adds.

– Do you think it can have any consequences for someone in the management of the Norwegian Ski Association?

– I do not want to speculate on anything, I have not read the report. Sorry I have to get a little bored. But we could have chosen to have that report presented in a closed room. We have chosen to make it open. We think that was the right way to do it.

– Is it tough to get this in the face that way?

– It has been a demanding case. Very difficult case. For everyone involved. But also for the whole organization. The whole ski family. That was the reason why we wanted this evaluation. I was prepared for criticism. And that is what we have asked for, to avoid similar situations again.

The report points out, among other things, that the Norwegian Ski Association has unclear responsibilities and authorities – and that the ski board is responsible for the regulations containing internal contradictions.

The report criticizes the NSF on a number of points. The ski board, the general secretary, the jumping committee and Clas Brede Bråthen all receive derogatory remarks.

– We hope the report makes it possible for everyone to learn from the case. To prevent this from happening in the future, says Katharina Rise.

The committee has evaluated the case processing and the internal processes for the parties involved, but has not assessed the settled personnel case.

The then sports director Clas Brede Bråthen is responsible for disloyal behavior from his subordinates, according to the report.

– When you have personnel responsibilities, and employees violate work instructions, then you as a manager have a responsibility to follow up on it to your employees, Rise elaborates and emphasizes that there is no desire to slow down freedom of expression.

– Do you agree that the employees in jumping have behaved disloyally, Røste?

– I will not go into details in the report. I have not read it. I note that the committee has come up with learning points for all of us, and I and we will all spend time on that, says Røste.


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