The Anti-Doping Hearing Panel is an independent body that processes the case and decides whether the action of an athlete or another person falling within the scope of application of the Anti-Doping Code is to be regarded as an anti-doping rule violation under the Code.
In accordance with Article 8 of Finland’s Anti-Doping Rules and the International Standard for Results Management, FINCIS has established an Anti-Doping Hearing Panel that is fair, impartial and operationally independent. The Anti-Doping Hearing Panel is appointed by the FINCIS Annual Meeting. The Hearing Panel consists of nine members who are knowledgeable about top-level sports and two deputy members. The Chair, two other members and one deputy member must hold a degree that is required for holding judicial office. Three members and one deputy member must be licensed physicians and a further three members must be experts with in-depth knowledge of top-level sports.
The Hearing Panel is responsible for processing and determining whether the action of an athlete or another person falling within the scope of application of the anti-doping code is to be regarded as an anti-doping rule violation as specified in the code and, if necessary, determining the appropriate sanctions. In addition, the Hearing Panel decides on other disputes arising between those bound by the anti-doping codes and practices from the interpretation and application of the codes and practices.
Anti-doping Hearing Panel composition 2023–2024
- Esa Schön, Chair
- Pauliina Vilponen, First Vice-Chair
- Johanna Karvinen, Second Vice-Chair
- Kimmo Suominen, Deputy Member
- Heikki Laapio
- Heikki Tikkanen
- Esa Liimatainen
- Petri Kallio, Deputy Member
- Jan-Erik Krusberg
- Jani Kallunki
- Tuuli Merikoski
- Jussi Leskinen
- Janne Röytiö