In co-operation with the National Anti-Doping Agency of Finland (FINCIS), FIS has conducted its pre-competition blood testing programme for the athlete biological passport, as well as the in-competition testing at the FIS Nordic Junior World Championships in Lahti (FIN) with a special focus on education.
For athletes to know about their rights and responsibilities is an important element in anti-doping work. Therefore, each athlete notified for a doping control, was first given an individual introduction by the Doping Control Officers before starting with the actual control, so it was made sure the athlete feels confident with the procedure and had the possibility to ask detailed questions.
Additionally, athletes were invited by FINCIS and FIS as well as Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Secretary General of the Lahti Organising Committee, as well former top-level Cross-Country skier, to an educational seminar about Clean Sport at the Vierumäki Sports Centre.
Athletes were able to follow all practical steps of a doping control, combined with theoretical knowledge they need to know and to be aware of. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen shared her experiences of doping controls and her strong stand for Clean Sport with the young athletes and stars of tomorrow - "You can enjoy a medal with all your heart when achieved clean."