FINCIS’s discipline-specific level determination

FINCIS’ discipline-specific determination of level concerns only national-level athletes and national-level competitions in Finland. For each discipline, it indicates the level at which athletes should apply to FINCIS for the necessary in-advance TUEs. Athletes (regardless of age and national level) who have reached the international level or participate in international sporting events must apply for TUEs through their respective international sports federations.

Athletes covered by FINCIS’ discipline-specific level determination

Regardless of their age, athletes covered by FINCIS’ discipline-specific level determination must apply for the TUEs they need in advance in accordance with WADA’s International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and FINCIS’ guidelines. A medication or treatment, which is prohibited in sports, must not be started before a TUE has been granted for it, except in an emergency.

Athletes covered by FINCIS’ Registered Testing Pool

Athletes covered by FINCIS’ Registered Testing Pool must have TUEs granted by FINCIS or their international sports federation for the use of a substance or method prohibited in sports, regardless of whether they are covered by the national discipline-specific level determination or not.

Athletes not covered by FINCIS’ discipline-specific level determination

Athletes not covered by FINCIS’ discipline-specific level determination are not required to apply for a TUE in advance. However, after a doping test, they must retroactively apply for a TUE to prove that the use of a prohibited substance or method was medically justifiable in accordance with TUE requirements.

Athletes who are not covered by the discipline-specific level determination but who have to use a medicine or method prohibited in sports for the treatment of a medical condition should always have up-to-date patient records prepared and ready, showing that the TUE requirements are met.

Sanctioned athletes

Ineligibility does not remove the obligation to apply for a TUE. If an ineligible athlete has to use, for the treatment of a medical condition, a medicine or method prohibited in sports at all times (in- and out-of-competition, for example, during the training season and between competitions), they must ensure that the TUEs necessitated by the treatment are also valid during the period of ineligibility.

International-level athletes and athletes participating in international sports events

International-level athletes and athletes participating in international sporting events must ascertain, from their respective international sports federations, the TUE procedures applying to them and, if necessary, apply for a TUE in advance according to the rules of the international sports federation in question.

Please note! FINCIS’ TUE decisions apply only to national-level athletes and national-level competitions and are not automatically valid in international competitions unless recognised by the international sports federation in question.

If an athlete who has been granted a TUE by FINCIS reaches the international level or intends to participate in international competitions, they must determine if the international sports federation in question automatically recognises the TUE granted by FINCIS or if it should first be conveyed to the international sports federation for evaluation.

Discipline-specific level determination

The list below indicates the level at which athletes must apply for the necessary TUEs in advance for different disciplines, according to the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and FINCIS’ guidelines. 

If the discipline is not on the list, the athlete is not covered by the national discipline-specific level determination and there is no need to apply for a TUE in advance.

NB: determination for para-athletes is in paralympic sports

American Football

  • Men’s Vaahteraliiga and Women’s Vaahteraliiga

Archery (Olympic events)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Athletics

  • Athletes who have achieved a 7 point score limit

Badminton

  • Elite-class players

Bandy

  • Bandyliiga

Basketball

  • Men’s Finnish basketball league (Miesten Korisliiga)
  • Women’s Finnish basketball league (Naisten Korisliiga)

Biathlon

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Boxing

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Canoeing (canoe sprint, canoe marathon, whitewater canoeing – freestyle and slalom)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Curling

  • Finnish Curling Championships (only Mestaruussarja)
  • Finnish Women’s Championships
  • Finnish Mixed Doubles Championships
  • Finnish Mixed Championships

Cycling (Olympic events)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Diving

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships for seniors in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Equestrian

  • Those participating in the seniors’ individual Finnish Championships

Fencing

  • Athletes with an FIE licence

Figure skating

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: senior class for men and women (single & pair skating and ice dance)

Fitness (Bikini Fitness, Bodybuilding, Body Fitness, Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Wellness Fitness)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships and the Fitness Classic in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Finnish baseball

  • Men’s and women’s Superpesis

Floorball

  • Men’s and women’s F-Liiga

Football

  • Veikkausliiga (Men’s Tier 1)
  • Ykkönen (Men’s Tier 2)
  • Kansallinen Liiga (Women’s Tier 1)

Futsal

  • Men’s Futsal-Liiga

Golf

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women
  • Men’s and women’s federation coaching groups

Gymnastics (aesthetic group gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics)

  • Athletes participating in the seniors’ Finnish Championships

Handball

  • Men’s Finnish Championships league
  • Women’s Finnish Championships serie

Ice hockey

  • Liiga (Men’s Tier 1)
  • Mestis (Men’s Tier 2)
  • Naisten Liiga (Women’s Tier 1)

Judo

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Karate

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Modern pentathlon

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Motor sport

  • Highest national competition levels in the sport with Finnish Championships status in the open class

Orienteering

  • All the orienteers, ski orienteers and mountain bike orienteers in category H/D21 who, based on the final ranking for the previous season, belong to Class I. In orienteering, level determination is based on the total ranking (All-Terrain + Sprint). The class criteria are available (in Finnish) on the Finnish Orienteering Federation website (www.suunnistusliitto.fi > Kilpailu > Info > Luokkarajat).

Paralympic sports

  • Athletes sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture

Powerlifting

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Rowing (Olympic classes)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Sailing (Olympic classes)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Shooting

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women and over 15-year old juniors (rifle, pistol, shotgun and running target)

Skiing (Alpine skiing, freestyle, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Snowboarding

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Speed skating

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Swimming

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Swimming Championships for seniors and juniors (does not apply to disabled swimmers, see Paralympic sports)

Table tennis

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Taekwondo

  • In sparring, those participating in the open class (R1), league or Finnish Championship series; in patterns, participants in the ranking series for over 18-year-olds or Finnish Championship series

Tennis

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Triathlon

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Volleyball

  • Men’s and Women’s Finnish Volleyball Champions League
  • Athletes participating in the National Beach Volley women’s and men’s Championship tour

Weightlifting (does not apply to kettlebell lifting or functional fitness sports)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

Wrestling

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women

If the discipline is not on the list, the athlete is not covered by the national discipline-specific level determination and there is no need to apply for a TUE in advance.

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