FIS Statement on IOC ban of Russian National Olympic Committee

06 December 2017 18:23

 

The International Ski Federation (FIS) fully respects the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee with immediate effect; and, to invite individual Russian athletes to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 under specific conditions determined by a panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron.

The Olympics is the showcase for international sports and the IOC decision sends a clear message that cheating and corruption of any kind will not be tolerated. It is a clear step in maintaining the integrity of sport and protecting the interests of clean athletes.

FIS is working together with the IOC and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that all the athletes and officials from Russia attending the Games will be a part of a new generation of ambassadors who can start to re-establish the integrity of the nation and rebuild the trust of the international sports community.

On 30th November and 1st December 2017, FIS imposed provisional suspensions with immediate effect on eight Russian cross country athletes: Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Belov, Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Alexey Petukhov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Yulia Chekaleva and Anastasia Dotsenko.

FIS will evaluate the reports of the IOC Schmid Disciplinary Commission and WADA’s Intelligence & Investigation Department relating to its findings from Moscow Laboratory’s Information Management System (LIMS) database that will be provided on 14th December. Thereafter further steps by the FIS Doping Panel and FIS Council with respect to the participation of Russian cross country athletes will be addressed.