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FIS bolsters reform efforts with GSI partnership

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has entered into a partnership with Global Sports Investigations (GSI) as part of an ongoing administrative reform process to enhance integrity across skiing and snowboarding.

GSI will now deliver and operate a number of governance reforms including a whistleblowing hotline and an independent ethics office for the preliminary assessment of concerns, as well as provide ancillary intelligence support.

The FIS said the new partnership will allow it to “take the lead” in best governance practice and maintain high standards of integrity across the sports of skiing and snowboarding markets.

GSI is a joint venture between The Sports Consultancy and Quest that delivers a combined team of expert, sports-focused investigators, lawyers and consultants to sports bodies. GSI’s services include scoping and consultation, investigations, ongoing monitoring, recommendations and implementation.

Patrick Smith, FIS vice-president and chairman of the doping panel, said: “The implementation by FIS of the system to handle breaches of governance, through GSI as an independent and highly reputed specialist, is a key step to demonstrate the importance of protecting the integrity of sport and FIS.

“This measure sends a clear message that FIS is totally committed to its stated ‘no tolerance’ policy against all aspects of unethical behaviour; including doping, corruption, manipulation of competitions and safeguarding against harassment and abuse.”

Eddie Marshbaum, director of sports integrity at Quest, added: “By providing a strictly independent, dedicated facility for concerns to be raised, evaluated and addressed, FIS is taking the lead in applying best practice governance and ensuring that the highest standards of integrity are maintained within the organisation and the sports of skiing and snowboarding.”