Ski Classics strongly condemn the Finnish skier Ari Luusua´s use of doping, including the use of anabolic substances, which he has been convicted for and is banned from all sports until August 26th 2025.
Ski Classics actively support Anti Doping and are a part of WADA's anti doping system through FIS where all our events and athletes are licensed. In addition to WADA and FIS's initiatives within cross country skiing Ski Classics has a number of additional initiatives to ensure a fair sport, such as:
- Ski Classics financially supports the Pro Tour events to ensure doping tests at all events in cooperation with the highly respected anti doping control company PWC GmbH in Germany.
- All Ski Classics Pro Team athletes must sign an Anti Doping Declaration in order to become a registered skier in a Ski Classics Pro Team. The signed Anti Doping declaration gives Ski Classics the possibility to activate a monetary fine of up to Eur 100.000, to be paid by an athlete if convicted for doping.
This specific doping case damages the sport of long distance skiing and the brand of Ski Classics, hence the decision is to fine the athlete with the maximum amount of Eur 100.000.
Ski Classics will further enhance our cooperation with WADA and FIS to ensure that our sport is closely followed by them.