The Anti-Doping page of the ISMF website is now completely renovated and includes numerous innovations.
One of them is the new composition of the Anti-Doping Commission. In fact, in addition to the President Mrs. Regula Meier, who has successfully led this area of interest for years, also Dr. Nenad Dikic and his collaborator Dr. Marija Andjelkovic are involved today. They are part of the non-governmental organisation “Clean Game” and have invited the ISMF to focus on a new big goal: the “TrueSki”. It has become the big motto of the renewed commission and now all the work is directed towards that purpose. Actually, the education of the athletes in relation to the Anti-Doping area has to be one of the main core aspect of our sport and this is probably why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gives a lot of importance to this topic. The dedicated ISMF Commission provides an essential service in this sense, as the members are experimenting modern and avant-garde educational methods and creating specific programmes. They affirm that athletes should be aware that they are playing a clean and true sport, putting a lot of emphasis on training and education.
Furthermore, the Anti-Doping Commission has created a test with final certificate always in relation to the educational programme. Starting from the 2020/2021 season, the compilation of this very brief and simple test will be compulsory for each athlete applying for the licence to take part in the ISMF competitions. In this way the athletes will have the opportunity to deepen this topic and ask themselves how much they know and apply it to the practice of sport. The test has to be filled in by all athletes for the 2020/2021 season and the same for the 2021/2022 season, since the rules will be revised and so the compilation of the test will have to be done again. Afterwards, namely starting from the 2022/2023 season, only new athletes applying for the ISMF licence will have to fill out it.
An additional news concerns the increase of the testing programme that will be carried out during the competition season. This is mainly due to the renewed collaboration with the La Grande Course (LGC) circuit whose racers will be tested for Anti-Doping following the directives dictated by the ISMF.
Last but not least, it is fundamental to announce that the new regulation on this subject will be soon disclosed before the beginning of the upcoming winter season and put into force starting from 1 January 2021. These rules are the result of a lot of work, study and efforts of the members of the Anti-Doping Commission and of course they are compliant with the guidelines imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), so that all points are as clear and detailed as possible.
The Anti-Doping Commission really hopes that, with the aforementioned changes and innovations, solid foundations have been established to ensure that Anti-Doping becomes a topic of interest for those who practice Ski mountaineering competitively in order that our sport can be more and more True.
The ISMF website contains all the specific information stated above in the dedicated section.
About the ISMF
Founded in 2007, the International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF is the global governing body for ski mountaineering competitions. Since 2016, the organization is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee IOC. Its main goals are the promotion, regulation and development of the ski mountaineering sport worldwide. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the ISMF’s membership consists of 37 national mountaineering or ski sports federations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The ISMF organizes ski mountaineering World Cups events and World Championships. For the first time, ski mountaineering has been a medal sport at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne Switzerland. The ISMF’s ambition is to become an Olympic sport by the 2026 Winter Games in Milano-Cortina, Italy.