The International Ski Federation (FIS) has voted to sanctioned the Russian Ski Association (RSA) due to doping rules violations.
At its council meetings in Turkey on Thursday, FIS levied a $154,000 fine against the RSA, and also issued a “strong recommendation” that the association install a new group of coaches and officials unassociated with the doping scandals of the past few years.
FIS also made a specific, formal request for the removal of Anatoly Chepalov–the coach of convicted dopers Julia Chepalova and Sergei Shiriaev–from his current position, as well as the coaches and “medical personnel” of Natalia Matveeva, Eugeni Dementiev, and Nina Rysina, who all tested positive for EPO in the winter of 2008-2009.
In a press release, FIS said that Russia will be required to issue a report on the progress of its anti-doping work no later than November 1, or face further sanctions. Additional measure could include more fines, revocation of start rights for Russians at FIS races, cancellation of events in the country, or even suspension of the RSA’s FIS membership.
FIS also officially announced today the two-year suspension of Kornelia Marek, the Polish skier who was caught using EPO at the 2010 Olympic Games. Marek has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); otherwise, she will be banned until March 16, 2012.