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FIS Rollerskiing in Beijing With the 2022 Winter Olympics only a few years out, it’s time to begin promoting cross-country skiing in the most populous country.  The International Ski Federation (FIS) opened the cross-country rollerski World Cup with events in Beijing, China from July 4-6. . The first day of competition featured a 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint. Norway’s Johannes Hosfløt Klæbo, the big name presence in Beijing, won the men’s race. The Norwegian wonderkind also won...

IBU Suspends Two Athletes; Russia Gives Up World Junior Championships and World Cup (Updated)

After an Executive Board meeting today to discuss doping in Russia, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) has provisionally suspended two athletes. The federation opened anti-doping investigations into 29 more. Meanwhile, the Russian Biathlon Union voluntarily gave up their hosting rights for two events: 2017 Youth and Junior World Championships, slated for Ostrov, and a World Cup stage slated for Tyumen. Two Suspensions from the 30+ Cases The IOC has jurisdiction over all anti-doping activity at Olympic...

The Delicate Case of Russia: Who’s Speaking Out and Why

When news broke last week that 14 Russian cross-country skiers may have doped at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, stakeholders in the sport reacted around the globe. Some, like Canada's then head coach Justin Wadsworth, essentially predicted that two years ago at the Games. Others, like French skier Robin Duvillard, tried not to get too caught up in it, but he might by default.