The year 2020 saw a large testing programme in close collaboration with various National Anti-Doping Agencies.
Whilst the programme saw a small break of testing right at the beginning of the pandemic at the end of last competition season, and then challenges based on various national restrictions, the overall numbers show that a significant testing programme was being carried out. The doping control agencies collecting samples on behalf of FIS have put a high standard of preventative measures in place, as well as complying with the regular SARS-CoV-2 testing measures as applied to all participants on the World Cup curcuit.
Between April and December 2020, FIS conducted 564 urine and 214 blood out-of-competition tests, as well as 309 blood/urine tests including erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, ESAs). In in-competition testing, 115 urine samples were collected. One of the key activities remains collecting athlete biological passport (ABP) samples. In total, 536 blood passport samples could be added to the programme during out-of-competition testing and 11 during in-competition testing.
Many more doping control samples were collected in the FIS Olympic disciplines under the authority of the National Anti-Doping Agencies (NADOs). These numbers are not included in the detailed FIS testing statistics below.