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Norway’s Johaug slapped with suspension. Anti-Doping Norway has suspended Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug for two months. The matter may also have consequences for the national team’s former doctor. The move follows a urine test undertaken in Oslo on 16th September, in which Clostebol was found. A second test confirmed the first’s findings.

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Norway’s Johaug slapped with suspension

Published on Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 at 22:33 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

Anti-Doping Norway has suspended Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug for two months. The matter may also have consequences for the national team’s former doctor.

Therese Johaug at 2010's Tour de ski, Oberhof
Therese Johaug at 2010's Tour de ski, Oberhof
Photo: Iso76/Wikimedia Commons


The move follows a urine test undertaken in Oslo on 16th September, in which Clostebol was found.

A second test confirmed the first’s findings.

She was informed by Anti-Doping Norway on 4th October.

Clostebol, a synthetic androgenic steroid in doping class SQ.1A, is on the list of prohibited substances issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The substance has anabolic effects and is frequently used in sports to increase physical performance.

It had entered her system due to using a cream called Trofodermin on one of her lips, according to the Norwegian Ski Federation.

This occurred in Italy whilst conducting altitude training with the cross-country team in Italy in August of this year.

Fredrik Bendiksen, the team’s doctor, had bought the cream and gave it to Ms Johaug.

He tendered his immediate resignation after news of the positive test surfaced, which she mentioned at last Thursday’s press conference.

Ms Johaug alleged that she had asked him “if the cream was on the doping list and was told ‘no’.”

“I used it as directed by him. I trusted him completely,” Dagbladet reported her as saying. “I had absolutely no reason not to trust what he told me.”

Clostebol 17β-acetate (a derivative of Clostebol) is reported as being an ingredient of Trofodermin in Italy and Brazil.

Norwegian media report that Ms Johaug’s lawyer, Christian B. Hjort, said that she had received both the tube of cream and its external packaging.

The packaging sold in Italy has a red symbol with the word “doping” on it.

Ms Johaug’s suspension lasts until 18th December 2016.

In a statement, issued Wednesday, Anti-Doping Norway writes that “the reason for the decision is that the prosecuting committee is of the opinion that the athlete (Johaug) cannot be said to have acted without guilt.”

They also summoned Dr Fredrik Bendiksen to appear before them in order to give his account.

He stated that he had bought the Trofodermin cream at a pharmacy in Livigno.

The doctor also confirmed that he had given it to Ms Johaug without investigating whether it contained ingredients on the doping list.

Moreover, he informed the committee that he had told her that using it was okay when she asked him about it.

They have decided that proceedings can be opened against Dr Bendiksen “for a possible violation of doping rules.”



Published on Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 at 22:33 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: doping, cross-country, ban, paywall.





  
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