Doping Control For Elite Skiers – How It Works

Doping Control For Elite Skiers – How It Works

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...when you hang out with skiers, you soon realize that they tend to have two sets of behaviour over lunch or dinner: -Bursting with pent-up energy ( = training day was easy) -Too spent to lift a fork ( = training day was waaaay to hard) But occasionally third type descends rapidly and overwhelmingly. No, it's not fear or loathing - it's probably close to what one feels when he's been told to undergo unexpected sigmoidoscopy. In some ways that's what it is. Because the mood is called " Anti-doping officer is in the hotel" WADA/ADAMS rules say that " athletes…. are required to specify 1 hour each day (between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.) during which they can be located at a specified location for testing. If they are…
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That Word Again: Doping

That Word Again: Doping

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Not what anybody wanted to hear again, but here it goes: The Austrian police reps announced on Wednesday that they "succeeded in smashing an international doping network" in cross country skiing. [caption id="attachment_10420" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Austrian police in Seefelfd. It is not known whether this particular unit was/is involved in investigation [/caption] Suspects are not formally named by widely believed ( and in case of Austrians confirmed by their coach) to be Andreas Veerpalu, son of the double Olympic gold medalist Andrus Veerpalu, and Karel Tammjärv from Estonia, . Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin and Dominik Baldauf and Max Hauke from Team Austria. [caption id="attachment_10422" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Dominik Baldauf racing in Dresden in January 2019 [/caption] The police is giving chilling details of "one of the suspects being literally caught with a…
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Upshot Of Decision To Ban Legkov/Belov

Upshot Of Decision To Ban Legkov/Belov

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Yesterday's verdict of The IOC Disciplinary Commission, handing out a lifetime Olympic ban and stripping medals off the Russian skiers Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov will go down in history. Regardless of which side of the argument you're on, the history is made because for the first time ever in sport a doping ban is given in the case where there is no direct evidence of actual doping, no evidence of sportsmen being involved and still no clear understanding of what had actually happened. The formula under which international sports bureaucrats judge sportsmen is notoriously vague and deserves to be quoted in full: “...The standard of proof shall be whether the IOC has established an anti-doping rule violation to the comfortable satisfaction of the hearing panel bearing in mind the…
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Skiers’ Lawyer: Investigation Concludes There Was No Probe Tampering

Skiers’ Lawyer: Investigation Concludes There Was No Probe Tampering

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Olympic champion of Sochi 2014 Alexander Legkov and silver medalist Evgeniy Belov are proven to be doping-free by Swiss scientists. That is according to a German lawyer for Legkov and Belov, Christof Wischemann, the interview with whom have appeared in the leading Russian media outlet Sport Express on Friday. As per Wischemann, the investigation revealed there was no scratch marks whatsoever on all the samples of one of "his" two skiers ( without naming which) , in case of the other there were scratches on one of the three sample containers which de-facto proves him innocent as well. Wischemann quotes hitherto unpublished findings of the University of Lausanne that was tasked with proving conclusively whether the samples were tampered with or not. The samples tampering was the key allegation against…
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Johaug Verdict: Reactions

Johaug Verdict: Reactions

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Here's some of the reactions on the CAS verdict extending the Therese Johaug ban to 18 months, denying her the right to participate in the 2018 Olympics: Therese Johaug: - I'm completely broken. I had a dream of going to the Olympics. I was told yesterday that I can not get it. I've tried to get into it, worked every single day, practically trained to try to succeed in the Olympics, so this is very tough. (seconds later Johaug was forced to interrupt her press conference when she broke up and left the room in tears) Marit Bjørgen  - The length of the exclusion is deeply unfair. This shows how vulnerable are we , the sportsmen, to the whims of legality. Norwegian television journalist Hallvard Flatland - I think Norwegian skiers should be…
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