FIS Athletes Commission represented at WADA Global Athlete Forum
From 3rd – 5th June, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Athlete Committee convened its first ever WADA Global Athlete Forum in Calgary (CAN) to discuss key developments in anti-doping. The forum brought together 104 athlete leaders from 54 countries and five continents. FIS was represented by FIS Athletes’ Commission member and Cross-Country athlete Virginia de Martin Topranin (ITA).
Under the theme ‘The sport we want’, the forum saw athlete leaders and leading anti-doping experts discussing the current anti-doping system and stressing the importance of the athlete’s voice being further engaged in the decision-making process. To protect the rights of clean athletes, the forum enabled further development of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights with the hope of including key principles within the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code.
De Martin Topranin: “If I had to sum up my participation at the WADA Global Athlete Forum in one word, I’d say ‘inspiring’. It was inspiring to see how many athlete leaders are involved and committed to fight for a clean sport. I had the unique chance to share thoughts and exchange views with athletes coming from different nations and various sports. We went deeply into the forum’s motto “the sport we want” through reflections, working groups, discussions about what it means for the athletes. We brought practical contributions to the Charter of Athlete Rights. The Forum echoed the importance of the meaningful athlete involvement into the anti-doping organisations.”
New online platform skinews.ch launches
Good news for alpine ski racing fans, especially those also interested in the development competition tiers such as the European Cup or FIS races: A new online platform dedicated to the sport, skinews.ch, officially launched this week. Owner and editor in chief of the page is the renowned Swiss sports journalist Peter Gerber Plech. As former editor-in-chief of skionline.ch and editor for multiple daily newspapers, Plech has reported on alpine skiing for the past two decades, including coverage of multiple World Championships and Olympic Games. His focus is to report on alpine skiing as a whole and also give a platform to and introduce young and upcoming talent before they reach the World Cup.
Norway establishes ladies’ Nordic Combined Training Group
The Norwegian Ski Federation has established a special training group for Ladies’ Nordic Combined which has the aim to help prepare athletes for the bigger medal events to come. The group is mainly meant for girls in the junior age category with the opportunity for younger girls to take part in individual camps. It complements the structure of local teams and training centres and the "Team Beijing 2022" programme.
Girls are currently present in all three big Norwegian training centres, Granåsen Ski Team in Trondheim, Lillehammer Nordic Combined and Kollenhopp Kombinert in Oslo. They will get to enjoy a mix of additional camps and seminars, dealing with specific discipline training for Ski Jumping and Cross-Country Skiing but also base training and training culture, balance and speed and other topics.