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The “Bråthen report” presented: The Norwegian Ski Association receives harsh criticism

The conflict between ski jumping manager Clas Brede Bråthen and the management of the Norwegian Ski Association has been evaluated. It now appears that several employees in the union have chosen to resign as a result of the conflict.

CORE OF THE DISPUTE: Clas Brede Bråthen and Secretary General of the Norwegian Ski Association, Ingvild Bretten Berg, are both still employed by the Norwegian Ski Association.

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– The conflict has affected the working environment in a way that makes employees have chosen to quit, and it is serious, says the evaluation committee’s leader Katharina Rise when the committee’s report was presented at a digital press conference in Oslo on Saturday afternoon.

The committee has not finished presenting the report.

She drew several conclusions:

  • The Norwegian Ski Association (NSF) has unclear responsibilities and authority.
  • NSF was too poorly prepared to handle the case in the media, and did not inform well enough internally while it was going on.
  • NSF has an organization and organizational culture that does not sufficiently prevent conflicts and contributes to cooperation between the branches and between the branches and the central administration.

She points out that the ski board is responsible for the regulations containing the internal conflict, while the general secretary is responsible for inadequate personnel management.

The jumping committee is responsible for having handled this case unprofessionally, according to the report.

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

– That the conflict was highlighted in the media led to NSF and NSF jumps losing control of how the case and the association stood in public, Rise said.

She claims that employees in jumping in the interviews she has had, have admitted that the case has not benefited the sport of jumping.

– The responsibility lies with the then sports manager in jumping (Bråthen, editor’s note), with personnel responsibility for all the employees in NSF jumping, says Rise.

VG knows that the time for today’s presentation has created irritation in parts of the Norwegian jumping camp. For today, Saturday, the World Cup will also be jumped in Willingen, Germany.

The conflict has been evaluated by an independent evaluation committee, led by Katharina Rise, who is a lawyer and Attorney General at the Attorney General.

– 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: the ski board, administrative management, the jumping committee and the employees involved in jumping.

The committee has not considered the settled personnel case.

The committee comes up with a total of 32 recommendations for learning and improvement.

SKI PRESIDENT: Erik Røste supported his general secretary and also wanted to get rid of Clas Brede Bråthen as sports manager.

This is the background

The report presented today comes six months after the so-called “Bråthen case” exploded in the Norwegian media:

Ski president Erik Røste and general secretary Ingvild Bretten Berg wanted to get rid of Bråthen, who had been sports manager on the national jumping team for almost 17 years. Bråthen got both jumpers, a number of coaches and sponsors on his party.

The conflict revealed an icy relationship between large parts of the ski jumping camp and the administration of the ski association. The conflicts were very many and had been going on for a long time.

VG also revealed how one in five employees of the association had seen a colleague being bullied in the workplace.

But in October, the solution came: Clas Brede Bråthen was still allowed to continue as an employee of the Norwegian Ski Association – now as national team manager for the jumpers.

The ski board then set up a committee to evaluate everything that had happened. The majority of the members of the committee are appointed by Erik Røste and his board, while the last two are elected by the ski districts.

Clas Brede Bråthen’s lawyer reacted forcefully recentlyg on how the Norwegian Ski Association has set up the committee. Ski president Erik Røste responded by calling the criticism “strange”.

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