Hans Blix to Serve on Ski Ethics Panel

Monday, November 20th 2006, 9:48 am
By: News On 6

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) _ Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix will serve on the international ski federation's ethics commission, dealing with doping and other issues.

Blix led the U.N. inspectors who searched for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. He heads the Stockholm-based Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, which is sponsored by the Swedish government.

``This is a new organ within the FIS, and the goal is to have some established personalities with a trusted reputation in the world to serve on this committee, and Mr. Blix obviously meets those criteria,'' FIS spokeswoman Riika Rakic said Monday.

Blix's appointment was announced at FIS' council meeting in Oberhofen.

``There have been some scandals in other sports, and we want to make sure that is not repeated in our sport,'' Rakic said.