Josef Fendt has held talks in Moscow ©Getty Images

International Luge Federation (FIL) President Josef Fendt has met with the Russian Deputy Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Yuri Nagornykh during a visit to Moscow.

The 68-year-old German held discussions with Nagornykh which covered the development of luge in Russia.

Natalia Gart, the President of Russia's National Luge Association, was also in attendance, while Fendt was accompanied by Rudi Größwang, the owner of the sports agency RGS.

Russia hosted two key luge events this season, a World Cup competition on the 2014 Winter Olympic track in Sochi as well as a Natural Track World Cup in Moscow.

As well as the meeting, Fendt visited the natural luge track which hosted the latter event in the capital.

Semen Pavlichenko is one of Russia's top luge talents
Semen Pavlichenko is one of Russia's top luge talents ©Getty Images

The Russians have stated their desire to remain a key part of the FIL calendar in future years.

They enjoyed home success at the Sochi World Cup leg, as Semen Pavlichenko led home Aleksandr Peretjagin for a Russian 1-2 in the men's event.

Tatiana Ivanova won bronze in the women's competition while the country claimed silver in the team relay.

Fendt boasts fine luge pedigree himself, winning a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck.

He also won World Championship gold twice in 1970 and 1974, both times on his home track in Königssee.