On Monday, 7th November, the FIS Council held its Autumn Meeting at the Hotel Pichlmayrgut in Schladming, Austria and took some important decisions for the upcoming seasons.
Most notable from the Cross-Country perspective is the approval of the long-term Cross-Country World Cup calendars up to the season 2015/2016. Please click here to see the long-term calendar. View HERE.
The FIS Council also approved the proposal of the FIS Cross-Country Committee to increase the number of athletes to ten (from three) who will receive bonus World Cup points in mass start races. Same will apply for bonus seconds at intermediate points of the mass start races in Tour de Ski and World Cup Final.
The decision of the FIS Doping Panel in the case of the Estonian Cross-Country skier Andrus Veerpalu (EST) that found that he committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to article 2.1 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules after testing positive for the use of recombinant human growth hormone (recGH) during an out-of-competition doping control on 29th January 2011 in Otepää (EST) and declared him ineligible to participate in any capacity in an event or activity authorized or organized by FIS or any National Ski Association for a period of three (3) years, until 23rd February 2014, has been appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
For more information concerning the Council decisions please click HERE.