icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

'They are officially approved': Norwegian skiers deny use of asthma drugs is 'legalized doping'

'They are officially approved': Norwegian skiers deny use of asthma drugs is 'legalized doping'
Norwegian skiing stars have responded to claims that asthma drugs which they use under the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (DTU) can influence their performance, adding that other athletes are not prohibited from taking them as well.

Commenting on Russian Cross-Country Ski Association President Elena Vyalbe’s remarks that asthma drugs can be called “legalized doping,” Norwegian skiing stars say there is no connection between their dominant results and the use of the medication.

READ MORE: 'I'm a long-term hostage for being Russian': World high jump champ Lasitskene lashes out after 400m star Naser escapes ban

Norway’s sports achievements are deeply respected by many, including Russian skiers,” said Olympic champion Ola Vigen Hattestad, who competed at three Winter Games.

I’m confident that modern skiers know what stands behind Norway’s victories. Some critics may have another opinion, but honestly, I don’t care,” he added.

Another Norwegian Olympic gold medalist, Maiken Caspersen Falla, also supported the opinion that asthma drugs have no impact on athletes’ performance, saying they are officially legalized and can be used by all professional skiers who have therapeutic indications to take them.

Also on rt.com 70% of Norwegian Olympic skiing medals won by asthmatics – Swedish documentary

Asthma drugs taken by Norwegian skiers are drugs which are officially approved for all athletes. Russian skiers can take them as well,” she said.

The Norwegian ski team, which has been dominant internationally for decades, has often been accused of over-using asthma medicine. Norwegian champions have been rumored to consume the drugs (which can enhance muscle strength and increase fatigue resistance) without any medical diagnosis.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.