The FIM Board of Directors had a meeting at the Federation’s headquarters in Switzerland over the last two days and WADA’s governing of the FIM’s anti-doping policies in Monster Energy Supercross was one of a myriad of issues that were addressed at this meeting. “The Board has approved a new simplified and speedy procedure for anti-doping tests for the AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,” was stated in an FIM press release about the meeting. The press release went on to say: “The sample collection and analysis will be carried out by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The FIM will be responsible for the rest of the procedure in case of a positive result.”
What does this mean? I’m not exactly sure, but it sounds like WADA is completely out and USADA will be conducting the tests. From there, the FIM will lay down any punishments moving forward. Hopefully, a more common-sense and speedy approach will be put in place to punish riders that pee dirty. This is one of those “our prayers were answered” press releases, but I will reserve complete judgment until we know more.
For now, though, I’d like to thank whoever pushed the FIM into making this much-needed change. Hopefully, we will not be describing the anti-doping situation as a complete shit show anymore. You can read the FIM press release here.