21st May 2018

FIS agrees integrity partnership with Global Sports Investigations

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has agreed an integrity partnership with Global Sports Investigations, it announced at its Congress in Greece last weekend. ‘The Congress acknowledged the establishment of the system to protect the integrity of sport and the FIS in the case of any breaches of governance and ethical matters as provided for in the FIS Code of Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Betting Rules, new Safe Snow Policy and the FIS Anti-Doping Rules, through an independent specialist organisation’, read a statement. ‘The services will include a Whistleblower Hotline, Investigation Services and an Ethics and Compliance Office. The services from “Global Sports Investigations” will deal with such matters.’

The FIS Council also announced that regulations are being established that would allow the FIS to reduce quota spots at the FIS World Championships, World Cup competitions and Winter Olympic events, in cases of ‘repeated anti-doping rule violations’. A similar system is operated by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). Last October, it suspended nine member federations, after retests of Beijing 2008 and London 2012 samples meant that they had reported more than three anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) during a year.

The FIS Doping Panel also reported that Italian cross country skier, Marina Piller, has been sanctioned with a two year ban as a result of an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) ADRV. Details of the case were not announced and a copy of the full decision has yet to be published, however Piller’s profile page on the FIS internet site confirms that she has been suspended. Her ban will fun from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018. In February, the FIS was forced to defend its blood testing programme, after reports suggested that a number of athletes were competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics despite recording abnormal blood values. 

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