ReutersBERLIN (Reuters) — German skier Stefan Luitz has been stripped of his World Cup giant slalom win at Beaver Creek last month after using additional oxygen between races, the international skiing federation (FIS) said Thursday.
Luitz stunned Austrian favorite Marcel Hirscher to win his maiden World Cup event but the FIS said the 26-year-old had used supplemental oxygen between the first and second runs, a violation of competition rules and not a doping offence.
The use of oxygen does not constitute a prohibited method by the World Anti-Doping Agency but FIS bans it during competitions.
“The use of supplemental oxygen is prohibited during the in-competition period,” the FIS said in a statement. “The FIS Hearing Panel has found that Luitz violated the above FIS rule prohibiting the use of scientific and medical equipment.
“As a result, Stefan Luitz shall be disqualified from the giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Cup Event in Beaver Creek on Dec. 2, 2018, with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any trophies, points and prize money.”