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Recent FIS News
Below you will find a listing of recent FIS News
Out-of-competition testing focus of FIS Anti-Doping
Since the new World Anti-Doping Code became effective as of 1st January 2009, structured out-of-competition doping controls are a mandatory requirement on all International Federations. Given the demonstrated higher rate of effectiveness in catching cheaters, out-of-competition testing also represents the continued focus of the FIS Anti-Doping program.
During the 2010/2011 competition season, FIS performed as many as 2'321 out-of-competition tests, including blood and urine tests (323 with EPO analysis) as well as blood passport samples. In addition, WADA conducted another 127 out-of-competition tests on FIS athletes during the same time. WADA's out-of-competition testing included blood and urine (including EPO analysis) controls.
These numbers include the pre-competition blood controls which were carried out at the FIS Junior and FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. The organization of the post-competition controls at the FIS World Championships is the responsibility of the Organizing Committees, which have contracted their National Anti-Doping agency or another doping control service provider to conduct the mandatory controls.
Additionally 360 in-competition tests were completed by FIS at World Cup events, whereby 186 samples were additionally analysed for EPO.
In addition to these, a large number of doping controls have been carried out by the National Anti-Doping Agencies both in and out-of-competition.
The overall investment by FIS in its Anti-Doping program during the 2010/2011 season amounted to approximately CHF 1.5 million. This included both the in- and out-of-competition testing programs and various preventive, informational and educational efforts.
For more information and statistics from previous seasons, click here.