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Norwegian skier shares Russia's concern over skiathlon results

February 12, 2014, 18:45 UTC+3 OSLO
Martin Sundby understands Russia's decision to challenge the results of the recent Olympics men's skiathlon race at the International court of Arbitration for Sport
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Martin Sundby

Martin Sundby

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OSLO, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Bronze winner in men's cross- country skiathlon race at the 2014Sochi Olympics Martin Sundby told journalists in Norway on Wednesday that he understands the reasons behind a decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee to challenge the results of the recent Olympics men's skiathlon race at the International court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Norwegian skier had barred the way, forcing behind Russian skier Maxim Vylegzhanin, when the two were crossing the finish line after a 30-kilometer cross country skiathlon race at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday.

Despite protests lodged by the Russian side the referees merely administered a reprimand to the Norwegian skier. On Tuesday, the International Ski Federation (FIS) turned down Russia's protest as well.

Martin Sundby said he understands Russia's position and its decision to reach just settlement as the side entitled to ascertain its rights as the host country of the 2014 Olympics.

 

A referee panel in the cross-country skiathlon race announced its position on the case on Sunday, which was followed by a similar decision FIS made on Tuesday. "I believe the people there realized that I would have defeated Vylegzhanin in any case," the Norwegian skier said. He had hoped for the gold, while a silver medal awarded to him was rather a disappointment, he added.

On Friday, Martin Sundby is to take part in a 15-kilometer ski classic race, cherishing the aspirations for the Olympic gold. The Norwegian skier said he had been looking forward to the Olympics race. He said he was in very good spirits, ready to compete on Sunday, adding he had never experienced such elation before. The skier said he wants to fight for the Olympic medal on Friday, skiing with the same elated feelings as he did in the previous race.

A 50- kilometer race is his favorite competition, but he feels he might win the 15- kilometer race on Friday as well, Martin Sundby said.

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