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Norway’s athletes: On the Norwegian media’s lips. EDITORIAL: The 'trial' of cross-country skier Therese Johaug gives reason to wonder which party should be facing doping sanctions. Ms Johaug stands accused of having ingested Clostebol – a synthetic androgenic steroid on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances – after applying lip cream Trofodermin during a training period in Italy last year. While she faces punishment, if convicted, the degree of press coverage regarding her progress, battle to clear her name, and now legal proceedings, is reminiscent of a Mafia trial.

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Norway’s athletes: On the Norwegian media’s lips

Published on Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 at 16:15 under the columns category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th January 2017 at 17:00.

EDITORIAL: The 'trial' of cross-country skier Therese Johaug gives reason to wonder which party should be facing doping sanctions.

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Ms Johaug stands accused of having ingested Clostebol – a synthetic androgenic steroid on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances – after applying lip cream Trofodermin during a training period in Italy last year.

While she faces punishment, if convicted, the degree of press coverage regarding her progress, battle to clear her name, and now legal proceedings, is reminiscent of a Mafia trial.

The drama. The (claimed) innocence. The finger-pointing. How operatic.

Whether she should have trusted the team’s now ex-doctor, who prescribed and fetched it, or better-investigated its contents before use, remains to be established.

But the legal issue takes second place to the Norwegian media’s trip-like headline-splashing, and ultimately, bruised national pride. How could such a tearful and talented skier, who defends and upholds Norway’s sporting honour, success, have been duped? Why is ‘she who is beyond reproach’ being pursued for an offence that she cannot possibly have committed? What has happened to justice?

Meanwhile, in an oil revenue-doped country, proceedings are said to be costing umbrella organisation NIF (The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports) about NOK 250,000. Meanwhile, some other countries that compete against Norway in cross-country skiing do not have the same amount of money to throw at training their athletes as their Scandinavia sporting peers do.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump, Brexit, wars, and xenophobia are taking place.

Norway’s media publishes reports on these issues, but what Therese Johaug has for breakfast – and while training – is blown completely out of proportion.

Nobody can be accused of having lost sight of the Clostebol.



Published on Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 at 16:15 under the columns category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th January 2017 at 17:00.

This post has the following tags: johaug, doping, skiing, trial, mafia, norway, italy, sports, paywall.





  
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