Editor’s Note: There has been some controversy of late regarding FIS testing at World Cup races. The following update from FIS is likely a response. FasterSkier is currently exploring the issue and will have more complete coverage soon.
The FIS has published an update on its FIS Anti-Doping Activities during the 2009/10 Olympic season. The fight against doping remains an important focus for FIS, through a zero-tolerance policy on doping and cheating in sport. To view the full Fact Sheet, please click here.
“The Olympic season will see FIS continuing its fight against the use of doping. We will do this with all our means and across all disciplines. The recent cases are a good example that our programs and procedures are effective,” commented FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.
Reflecting on the recent four cases involving Russian athletes, President Kasper noted: “We are not happy with the situation in Russia. Changes are required within the Russian (ski) federation. The establishment of the new national anti-doping agency RUSADA is a good step but its results cannot yet be seen. A lot more has to be done, especially out of competition in the provinces. Controls must be very severe and strict. I do not believe there is a system behind everything, but since most of the athletes have been found to be using the same substances, something is wrong.”
He added: “FIS will evaluate the situation in light of the recent cases in accordance with the FIS Anti-Doping Rules respectively World Anti-Doping Code, especially article 12 that provides for sanctions to be taken against the National Ski Association. The full procedure and evaluation is expected to take several months.”
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