With ID skiing taking steps for potential inclusion on the Winter Paralympics program, doping controllers were on hand at the INAS Skiing World Championships to check for WADA compliance among the event’s competitors.
During the event, research is being conducted that investigates potential classification for Nordic skiers with intellectual disabilities. Once complete, it can assist in making the case towards potentially including ID para-Nordic skiing on the Winter Paralympic program. Six researchers are involved with the project. They are being led by Belgium’s Debbie Van Biesen.
A total of ten countries were scheduled to send skiers to compete in the event, but only nine showed up. The competition includes both three alpine events and four Nordic cross-country skiing events. Winners at the championships have included Sweden’s Aurelia Hagberg who claimed gold in the slalom and giant slalom, and Nelly Enmark who won the sprint event with Kristin Björfeldt winning silver and Russia’s Elena Shchukina winning bronze.