10/12/2019

Pia Ek Elected Chair of Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports

Castrén & Snellman partner Pia Ek was elected as the chair of the Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS) on 9 December 2019.

‘I would like to warmly thank the members of FINCIS for their trust. It is an honour help guide ethical sports into the 2020s. Thanks to well-organised operations, anti-doping supervision has operated at a high level of quality in Finland for a long time. Ethical concerns are increasingly becoming a focus of interest. It is important that we have an organisation like FINCIS to promote equal rights in ethically sustainable sports. The excellent work of my predecessor, Timo Laitinen, during his term is a great foundation to build on’, Pia said.

Pia has worked in sports law and technology as an attorney for nearly two decades. She has worked extensively with domestic and international sports federations, top-level sports clubs, broadcasting media companies and sponsors. Pia is also a long-standing member and the vice chairman of the Finnish Sports Arbitration Board.  She was also a member of the board of the FINCIS’s predecessor, the Finnish Anti-Doping Agency FINADA. Pia’s term as FINCIS’s chair begins at the start of 2020.

The task of FINCIS (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports) is to reinforce an ethically sustainable sports culture in co-operation with other parties. FINCIS is responsible for implementing international treaties on anti-doping activities, manipulation of sports competitions and spectator comfort and safety. FINCIS’s members include the Finnish Olympic Committee, the Finnish Paralympic Committee, the Finnish Society of Sports Medicine, and the Finnish Government, represented by the Ministry of Education and Culture.