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 Wischemann quotes hitherto unpublished findings of the University of Lausanne that was tasked with proving conclusively whether the samples were tampered with or not.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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CAS’ Decision On Johaug  Postponed – Again

CAS’ Decision On Johaug Postponed – Again

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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.…
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Poll: Majority Of Norwegians No Longer Believe In Doping-Free Skiing

Poll: Majority Of Norwegians No Longer Believe In Doping-Free Skiing

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Only 49 percent of Norwegians believe that domestic cross-country skiers are completely doping-free according to the latest poll conducted by Ipsos for the Norway's Dagbladet newspaper This is a marked decrease of trust since the similar survey was done in 2014 by Ipsos MMI/ Dagbladet when 65 percent say that doping in domestic cross country skiing occurs "vary rarely or never". There is no big mystery as to why the public attitude in the world's most skiing country gone decidedly more sour – in the wake of asthma case against Martin Johnsrud Sundby and the doping case against Therese Johaug it would be expected. Just a quick reminder - neither admitted to taking certain medications to enhance performance, both claimed "innocence of intent" - whether the public believed them or…
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