Oberstdorf will host the FIS Nordic World Championships in 2021 ©Getty Images

The first Coordination Group meeting has been held ahead of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorf in Germany in 2021.

Members of the Organising Committee and representatives from the German Ski Association were among those in attendance at the meeting, which has been described as a "critical first step".

FIS Council Member Alfons Hormann was also present alongside members of the Tourism Bureau and Infront, the official broadcast and marketing partner of Oberstdorf 2021.

A preliminary technical inspection was made of the cross-country skiing venue and ski jumping stadium, with three FIS Nordic race directors providing feedback on what will be necessary to adapt in the next five years.

Oberstdorf were awarded the Championships - which also features Nordic Combined - at the FIS Congress in Cancun in Mexico in June.

"We are so excited and ready to start this journey," said Stefan Huber chief executive of the Oganising Committee. 

"In Cancun when we were awarded the rights to host the 2021 World Championships, it marked the end of a very long chapter for us. 

Oberstdorf will host the event for a third time ©Getty Images
Oberstdorf will host the event for a third time ©Getty Images

"Now we are excited to start the next step and get ready to bring the world to Oberstdorf to host an unforgettable World Championships."

The German town won in Cancun with 11 votes against its competitors Trondheim in Norway, which got four, and Planica in Slovenia, which gained two.

Oberstdorf has previously staged the Championships in 1987 and 2005 and will also host the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in 2018.

"Oberstdorf is one of our most loyal and reliable World Cup hosts for all three of our Nordic disciplines, in fact just the day before the meetings, they hosted the finals of the Nordic Combined Grand Prix and Youth Cup with a full programme to even match a Championship day," said FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis. 

"There is no doubt that their vast experience will be very useful during the next five years to also integrate the next generation in the Local Organising Committee.

"On the journey to 2021 the Ski Flying World Championships in 2018 will also be a perfect catalyst to generate even greater excitement in the community."