The announcement of the most awaited decision of this year was postponed – again.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne will not make make public its decision on Therese Johaug’s case this Friday as was widely expected – Tuesday next week is a new target date. No reason for postponement was given.
At stake is participation of one the world’s strongest – and by far the best paid – skiers in the Olympic Games in Korea next year.
Johaug tested positive for the anabolic steroid Clostebol September, 16 last year. She explained that she used the cream, given her my team’s doctor ( Trofodermin) on a sunburned lip while training in Italy at the beginning of September last year – unintentionally, not knowing it contains banned doping substance.
She was given a 13-month suspension by the Norwegian Olympic Committee thus making her eligible to prepare & compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The International Ski Federation, however, appealed that decision, seeking longer suspension.
Johaug, accompanied by her family members and manager ( and often spokesman) Jørn Ernst, is awaiting the verdict at the Hotel Steger-Dellai in Seiser Alm – high altitude training grounds favored by many elite skiers for pre-season training. The rest of the Norwegian team arrives to Seiser Alm early next week. Johaug is banned from training with the national team for the duration of her suspension – but who says she can’t celebrate the CAS decision with her teammates privately? Or weep over it, as the case may be.