|Increased action against dopers|
Several weeks ago the Norwegian press reported that leading equipment suppliers were to boycott cross-country skiers who had been involved with doping infractions.
Franz Gattermann, Racing Chief for the Nordic disciplines and biathlon for Fischer skis, told www.wintersport.as that Fischer had cut all ties with athletes linked to doping. Gattermann also stated that Swix and Madshus might follow suit, but he could not speculate on the associations of other equipment suppliers.
It has now been reported that Jari Isometse, who tested positive for the banned substance HES at the 2001 World Championships in Lahti, Finland, has inked a deal with Fischer Finland, putting the previous intentions of equipment suppliers in serious doubt.
The International Ski Federation will also apparently take action against dopers by removing FIS points. Although this might seem like an obvious step, the international federation clearly feels that it is a progressive step against doping and a validation of their often questioned commitment. Athletes are required to have a maximum of 50 FIS points for men and 75 FIS points for women in order to start a World Cup race.
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