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Fluor wax ban will be fully implemented at the start of 2023/2024 season
On March 22, 2023, the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) announced the complete implementation of a fluor wax ban starting from the 2023/2024 winter season.
Health risks and environmental concerns associated with the use of fluorine waxes have compelled FIS to enforce the ban. In collaboration with Bruker, a renowned manufacturer of cutting-edge scientific instruments, FIS has developed an accurate testing method, working closely with the International Biathlon Union (IBU) through a joint working group.
FIS has spent the last winter season examining the device and training officials to carry out reliable testing, ensuring that the fluor-free competition remains authentic and results reliable. FIS will test to ensure that skis are fluor-free at top-tier events, including the FIS World Ski Championships, FIS World Cup competition and other major events such as FIS Junior World Ski Championships. Testing at lower-level events will be carried out on a random basis to ensure those events are also regulated.
“We are pleased that we can now fully implement the fluor wax ban across our major competitions,” said FIS Vice President Roman Kumpost who worked closely with the project. “This is a key step in guaranteeing the integrity of competitions and minimizing the impact of the adverse health and environmental effects of the product.”
FIS will continue to work closely with all involved stakeholders throughout the summer to ensure everyone is fully prepared when the ban takes full effect at the start of the 2023-24 winter season.
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