lustforlife said:Long time reader of this thread but first time posting.
It is real surprise FIS appeals ADNO:s verdict on Johaug. Not in regards to Kaspers public words early on, but if it is the case that Rasmus Damsgaard is involved, as implied in a recent post, as a representative of FIS. I really did not think he would initiate a case against Norway. That is very surprising to me.
But I have to admit, I have no idea what part of FIS is appealing the verdict, and what people is part of this very department. I tried to find out but could not get the picture straight.
FIS Medical Committee (that has made the decision to appeal) has Chair, Vice Chair (notable Inggard Lereim btw. ), 34 members (doctors/medical experts from all over the world), 4 honorable members (Dinosaurs of medical treatment in sports) and Damsgaard as FIS antidoping expert. So I don't think you can say that Damsgaard was the one filing a case against Norway. There were 38 others involved.
They more or less appeal that Johaug has violated the rule of strict liability which more or less means the athlete is solely responsible what goes into his/her system, unless it is proved he/she couldn't know. Big red doping sign in the tube and package, the name of the steroid visible etc. makes FIS medical committee believe she had all the tools to validate what she is taking, thus she violated her strict liability. And I think in WADA's code, violating the strict liability in case of steroids (even when it is proved that the intention isn't performance enhancing) means minimum 2 years ban.