How Much Anti-Doping Efforts Cost? Now We Know

How Much Anti-Doping Efforts Cost? Now We Know

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FIS just sent out a press-release according to which " the overall investment into the Anti-doping programme during the 2019/20 season is budgeted with approximately 1.5 million Swiss Frank's " That's 1. 4 million euros or 1.5 million dollars. Or the price of holding two very decent international skiing meetups. Or one lavish one. Mind you, that's excluding testing by the national Anti-doping agencies. Separately, FIS states that in out-of-competition period in April-November 2019 it conducted 1612 tests of which more than half, 824 to be precise were aimed at cross country skiers with Alpine skiers, jumpers, Nordic combines and snowboarders being another roughly half. You could read out story describing how doping control works in practice here Pictured: anti-doping officer keeping a close eye at " her" athlete before…
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Swedes Get Massive Hike In Individual Salaries, But Team Achievement Bonus Is Gone

Swedes Get Massive Hike In Individual Salaries, But Team Achievement Bonus Is Gone

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Base salary of the national team athletes was hiked quite a bit in a recent decision by the Swedish ski federation, DN reports Charlotte Kalla, Stina Nilsson, Ebba Andersson & Co will from now on get SEK 200000/ year or around 18.700 Euros. Not exactly what country's top football or ice hockey players are used to but much better than previous SEK 120000/ year Apart from the base salary raise, there are also more bonuses: a winner of a FIS World Cup stage would take home SEK 50000, second place would bring 30 and third 20K. Previously only winners were paid. What's gone is a peculiar collective same-for-all bonus Swedish skiers were previously paid if they took 30 World Cup podiums between them. Not so much jämlikhet any longer?
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Finnish Riddle

Finnish Riddle

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World-class athletes running in the races broadcast on the national television with massive ratings and ever increasing interest from sponsors.... Sounds like an ideal Nordic skiing competition? Well, not so fast. Painstakingly, year after year, the Finnish Ski Association, working togeher with the country's national public broadcaster YLE, built a seemingly very local event, the Finnish Cup , into a television blockbuster , watched on TV by over half a million Finns. That's more than 10% of all adult population - massive ratings for cross country skiing! However, with the first stage of the Cup less than three weeks away, it's still totally unclear whether the popular event will be shown this year, Ilta-Sanomat reports A bone of contention is television rights. The Finnish Ski Association sold those rights to…
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Norwegian Ski Federation Membership Is Declining Steadily

Norwegian Ski Federation Membership Is Declining Steadily

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17% down. That's by how much the membership in the Norwegian Ski Federation declined from 2012 to 2018, according to NTB news agency via Nettavisen In 2012, there were 178,091 members, while in 2018 the number dropped by over 30,000 to 147,789. The silver lining is in the fact that the ski association is still the second largest in the country behind the Norwegian Football Association (that keeps on adding members) The Norwegian skiing is known for its well developed, robust ski club network- all of which are paying fees to Ski Forbundet, relative to the amount of its members. Clearly, a reduction in membership would lead to that revenue stream drying up quite a bit. With TV audience figures for the langrenn still high, there is no need to…
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You Could Become Big Cheese Next Season!

You Could Become Big Cheese Next Season!

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" A thrilling three-day trip for two to the legendary "La Maison du Gruyère" in Switzerland upon invitation by Le Gruyère AOP..." That's what the winner of the brand-new «Le Gruyère AOP Cheese Challenge» will get at the end of the World Cup skiing season next year [caption id="attachment_13085" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Massive slabs of Le Gruyère stacked awaiting future FIS World Cup stage winners in Dresden in January this year [/caption] In the joint press-release the FIS and the Fribourg, Switzerland-based cheese-maker announce that are launching a new "competition within competition" in the upcoming season [caption id="attachment_13084" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Le Gruyère AOP is a long-term partner of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup [/caption] The «Le Gruyère AOP Cheese Challenge» is designed to award athletes that collect the most podium spots…
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