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ISF antidoping campaign – when the proof is positive

Prohibited substances. ©SwimSwam

The International Skyrunning Federation has a strong view on clean sport and, since its inception in 2008, has carried out anti-doping controls in championships and various competitions in association with UIAA of which the ISF is unit member.

This year, 15 doping controls were carried out at the European and Youth World Championships, both in and out of competition as per WADA protocols, under the supervision of Dr Nenad DikicISF Medical Committee President. In-competition testing was also carried out at the Skyrunner® World Series SkyMasters in October.

An athlete at the European Championships in Montenegro in July tested positive for doping but was able to demonstrate that the prohibited substance had been taken two weeks before the race for therapeutic reasons (altitude mountain sickness after the ascent of Mont Blanc), therefore the athlete wasn’t sanctioned.

The International Skyrunning Federation has zero tolerance for doping and recommends that athletes control any medicines, drugs or supplements they may be taking and to check with their doctor if they are on the updated list of prohibited substances. (For example, the pain killer “Tramadol” currently permitted, will be on the anti-doping list from January 2024).  The request for therapeutic use exemption with proper medical documentation is always necessary.

Athletes can direct any questions they might have on the subject to the ISF:

ISF Anti-doping guidelines