Hundreds of athletes show commitment to clean sport in Lahti

FIS and the National Anti-Doping Agency of Finland successfully spread the anti-doping message to hundreds of athletes, coaches and support personnel during an Outreach Programme at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti (FIN) last week.

At the athletes’ village in Vierumäki, competitors and their entourages were invited to demonstrate their commitment to clean sport by signing a giant snowball and having their photograph taken to say NO! to doping. The initiative was taken up by over 400 of the world’s leading athletes, coaches and support personnel.

During his stay in Lahti, IOC President Thomas Bach, together with Harri Syväsalmi, Secretary General of the Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports and FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis, paid a visit to the outreach booth. The IOC President praised the initiative and the example of excellent collaboration between an International Federation and a National-Anti-Doping Agency.

FIS Anti-Doping Coordinator Sarah Fussek, Harri Syväsalmi, Sarah Lewis, Thomas Bach and IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell

The outreach was run in partnership with the National Anti-Doping Agency (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports, FINCIS / Finnish Anti-Doping Agency, FINADA) and the Local Organising Committee, and followed on the heels of the successful Outreach Programme which was jointly run by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and FIS at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 in Falun (SWE).

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