OLE Einar, Bondalapati: Kerstin Joensson / AP
Eight-time Olympic biathlon champion OLE Einar Bjoerndalen was supported by the Russian athlete Alexander Loginov. His words conveys Sportbox.ru.
Bjoerndalen said that Loginov was punished for doping and suspended for the prescribed time. “He has already served his punishment. You need to be respectful to the fact that logins have returned,” said the Norwegian.
January 11, Loginov won the gold medal in sprint at the world Cup in Oberhof ahead of Norwegian Johannes boe and Swede Sebastian Samuelsson, which caused dissatisfaction among the foreign biathletes. So, French athlete Martin Fourcade, who finished in seventh place, called the victory of the Russians to shame. He said that is not going to respect Loginova, because he never apologized for doping.
From November 2014 to November 2016 logins had been disqualified for using banned drug erythropoietin. After the disqualification of some athletes opposed his return to the sport. In particular, He refused to shake he’s hand during the awarding ceremony of the Russian team at the 2017 world Championships, and Samuelsson urged the Russians to retire from the sport.
Bjoerndalen has won 13 medals in five Olympics. Among them eight gold medals, four silver and one bronze. He won four out of four victories at the Olympics in 2002, which made him the world’s only absolute Olympic champion in biathlon. Norwegian also 95 times won the world Cup in biathlon, and together with the team disciplines has 133 victories.
Video, photo All from Russia.