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We are almost forced to develop asthma - a Norwegian skier download hard text FIS-boss, downplayed the debate arose medical issue
The Norwegian skiers are worried about how the cross country world cup calendar swelled.Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is the olympic champion and triple world champion. The 32-year-old Norwegian a total of 11 the value of race medals (4-2-5) four (1-1-2) has become a personal journey. AOP

criticized the Norwegian media in the strongly International ski federation (FIS). Jacobsen eruption the reason is that the cross country world cup calendar is exported according to him, in the wrong direction. Jacobsen is of the opinion that calendar is too much competition and, in particular, too much sprint competitions.

the repetitive strain – coupled with the wintry frost in the air – exposed skiers asthma.

– we are almost forced to develop asthma, Jacobsen said VG's.

Several top ski shall have been diagnosed with asthma. Some suspected of contracting the diagnosis partly for the purpose, that the FIS would grant them a waiver for asthma drug use, but in reality, such a permit can without a correct asthma is really a difficult, almost impossible.

exempted asthma patients can use, for example, bronchodilators to open the bronchial asthma medications to prevent the symptoms before the strain, but the substance, the daily dose is strictly limited. Jacobsen, according to the asthma drug abuse is not cross country skiing in the problem, although, for example, his compatriot Martin Johnsrud Came, got ventolin is called, salbutamol substance contained in the use of doping penalties. Came, however, was the used substance greatly in excess of the permitted amount.

the Debate in the media is a little too simplified. If you dwell on the topic, it is not so dramatic. It has, therefore, been made to look like asthma is cheating, and the issue really is not so, Jacobsen said Aftonbladet.


When skiers compete volumes grow, the lung burden increases, as well as the asthma illness risk.

– we begin to reach the limit, when the FIS wants us to ski a constant, and the athletes get sick. I'm not talking about just from asthma, but anyway, Jacobsen said.

a Tight competition calendar pose for athletes, as well as mental and physical exhaustion. Jacobsen said the athletes would like, that the FIS would reduce the world cup calendar in the coming years.

Through the 2018-19 in the world cup were 29 races in four months. This come on top of six world cup start. The competition calendar has been living in recent years, some, but, for example, the beginning of the millennium cup competition was around 20 a season.

– It would not be a disaster, that between races of empty weekends. It is more important that the best are all the time involved with it than that competitions are every weekend.

VG:no story is told also Sundbyn and Maiken Caspersen Fallan to be concerned about race calendar of the extent of the.

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FISin race director Pierre Mignerey , in turn, said he understood the athletes ' concerns and the belief that in the coming years, competition is less. Next season's calendar, though it is still this way wider.

I Admit that the first season is pretty wild, when there is about 45 of the competition. It is, however, very difficult to change. I believe that we will see in the future a new kind of calendar, Mignerey said.

– of course We don't want to drive anyone with health problems. We go into these discussions with the national sports federations.

Sources: VG, Aftonbladet

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