FIS Athletes’ Commission member and cross-country skier Virginia de Martin Topranin (ITA) represented the FIS athlete community at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Annual Symposium which took place last week in Lausanne (SUI). FIS was represented by its Anti-Doping Coordinator Sarah Fussek.
Under the theme “Shaping the Future of Clean Sport”, compliance, funding and capturing the athletes’ voice were among the main topics at the Symposium.
The gathering, which is generally recognised as the leading fixture on the anti-doping calendar, gathered a record 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community for three days of presentations, interviews, panel discussions, practical workshops and networking sessions.
Between sessions, videos of the FIS Clean as Snow campaign - which were produced in partnership with the Finnish Anti-Doping Agency in the lead-up to the Lahti 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships - were displayed in the main auditorium to highlight some of the work taking place in the anti-doping community around the world.
The importance of athletes having an active role in clean sport initiatives was reinforced by the representation of WADA and International Federations Athlete Committee members.
Former cross-country skier Beckie Scott, WADA’s Athlete Committee chair gave an update on progress of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, which will be included within the 2021 Code.
Meanwhile, WADA will be holding its first-ever Global Athlete Forum from 3rd-4th June in Calgary (CAN), which will be an opportunity for athletes to contribute significantly to shaping the future of clean sport.
Virginia commented on her experience: "My first time attending the Symposium was extremely interesting, especially to realise how many people are supporting clean sport. I met the WADA Athlete Committee members and it was truly inspiring to see with how much enthusiasm, commitment and determination they are working for the athletes’ rights to complete clean. The contribution of athletes in this context is crucial as it complements the work of the experts. The FIS Athletes’ Commission is in close contact with the WADA Athlete Committee to exchange important information.”
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