The anti-doping crisis is brewing in Norway – the Russians are already inviting them to their games

This was announced by the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. According to published information, doping controllers are constrained by Norway’s legislation on the protection of minors, which does not allow taking a doping sample from an athlete under the age of 18 without parental consent.

As a result, the Norwegian Anti-Doping Agency (ADNO) has not carried out a single surprise test of athletes aged 15-18 in the last two years, thus not implementing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) requirements.

Norwegian sports organizations have warned the country’s government about the impending isolation – WADA can take financial sanctions and possibly even more severe punishments: for example, not allowing Norway to organize international competitions or even expel Norwegian athletes from them.

“This is very serious. We don’t want a sport that allows doping under the age of 18, because nobody controls it. This leaves room for abuse and fraud,” said Anders Solheim, head of ADNO.

The situation publicized by NRK caused a lot of anger in Russia, which has been under constant sanctions since 2015 due to its ineffective anti-doping system.

Norwegian and Russian athletes are constant competitors in such sports as skiing, biathlon, ski jumping, and speed skating.

“Norwegians consider themselves an elite, to whom everything is allowed,” responded Russian biathlon legend Alexander Tikhonov.

“The rules must be the same for everyone. How could such a law be valid in Norway for two whole years? We thought that laws were the same everywhere. We would only be deceiving ourselves if we closed our eyes to this,” said the 2014 Sochi Olympic champion, a skier. Alexander Legkovwho himself was suspected of doping.

“The anti-doping policy in Norway is a real detective. After all, everyone understands that something is wrong if all their athletes are given medical exemptions, allowed to take asthma medication. In this case, there is no doubt, there is a simple fact: no one tests 15-18-year-old athletes in Norway,” continued Svetlana Zhurova, the 2006 Turin Olympic speed skating champion, now a member of the Russian Duma.

“Perhaps Norwegians are very protective of their children, or are they afraid of the results of such unscheduled inspections?” It is unbelievable that such a system is not allowed to operate anywhere in Norway. I wonder how the Norwegians will succeed in harmonizing their protectionist law with the WADA rules – if it fails, you are always welcome at the Russia-Norway Games,” the Sport Express newspaper teased.

We remind you that Russian athletes and teams in most sports have been suspended since February due to the war in Ukraine and can only participate in national competitions.

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