January 24 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
The German newspaper Handelsblatt has called the absence of some of the main contenders for medals – Shipulin, Ustyugov, An (surname) – “a blow for Russia.” The publication emphasizes that they have never been in the spotlight for any kind of ‘doping’.
“The absence of Olympic stars will be a big blow for Russia.” Shipulin, the winner of the season at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, captain of Russian biathlonists. Ustyugov, two-time world champion in Lahti in 2017, a favorite on the cross-country ski track. An – short track legend with six Olympic victories. These three have never been accused of doping,”- wrote Handelsblatt.
A Finnish newspaper called the ban on Russian Olympians “a stupid decision.” Some Italian publications wrote that that the removal of Ustyugov is a “medal gifted” to the teams of Western countries. The French Ski-Nordique criticizes the IOC and notes that many Western participants continue to perform and win, while freely using medicines, under the guise of doctors.
“Recently, the IOC Commission condemned athletes without any evidence, and this is more than worrying. Many Anglo-Saxon athletes continue to compete and win using medical exceptions,” note correspondents of Ski-Nordique.