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Over 800 Doping Tests at 2007 FIS World Championships

Tue, May  8, 2007 - By FIS

A total of 827 doping controls were carried out at the four FIS World Championships held in Arosa (SUI), Åre (SWE), Sapporo (JPN) and Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) this winter. The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo involved one of the largest anti-doping programs of any international major sports events outside of the Olympic Winter Games. The Sapporo program included both pre-competition and post-competition controls. All in all, 697 in-competition controls were completed in Sapporo, including urine, EPO urine and regular blood controls, as well as blood transfusion and human growth hormone tests.

There was one positive EPO urine control whereby nine start prohibitions were issued after the pre-competition blood controls. At all FIS World Championships, the number of athletes subject to post-competition doping controls included the top four plus two at random, as per FIS Rules.

As reported earlier, FIS’s total investment in anti-doping amounted to more than 1 million Swiss Francs during the 2006/07 season. In addition to testing, various preventive measures are included in the FIS anti-doping program, such as educational and informational programs.