The FIL Files: Scandinavian Asthmatics, Missed Athletes and
Berlinger Bottles2018-01-24

Greetings citizens of the world!

Fancy Bears' Hack Team has repeatedly reported anti-doping rules violations in summer sports. Today, prior to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang we decided to call your attention to winter sports that have the same doping-related problems as track and field or football. The obtained documents of the International Luge Federation (FIL) show the violations of the principles of fair play: widespread TUE approvals, missed anti-doping tests and the double standards approach towards guilty athletes.

The TUE granting process showed its effectiveness among the runners who eager to obtain permission to take asthma medications prohibited in sports, in particular, salbutamol which opens airways to and from the lungs. The same practice is widely spread among skiers. Sometimes asthmatics represent the majority of a national team at winter sports competitions. For example, according to the chief physician of the Norwegian ski team Petter Olberg, 70% of the national team skiers suffer from asthma. It raises doubts and looks like an institutional conspiracy by the Norwegian Olympic Committee and national sports federations.

The Norwegians are using Salbutamol in large quantities and the scandal with the skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby is a perfect example. In 2016 he was penalized for taking a dose of salbutamol close to 10 times higher than the one allowed. However, Sundby was suspended just for two months despite such a serious anti-doping rules violation.

Sweden follows the Norwegian example. The Swedish Olympic Committee is also familiar with the formula for successful training of future champions: ASTHMA + TUE = OLYMPIC MEDALS. Thus, the junior athlete Rasmus Moberg, having the same “convenient” disease, just needs to obtain a TUE and his coach has no doubts that he will get a prescription. We will certainly see him standing at the winners’ podium.

The irresponsible attitude of athletes towards anti-doping tests is another common problem in sports. Every athlete chosen for the anti-doping test is notified beforehand that he or she could be tested at any place, at any time. It means that these athletes must inform the anti-doping organization about their whereabouts. It seems the Italian athlete Ludwig Rieder didn't know these details.

An Austrian athlete Brigit Platzer didn’t know the rules either. However, it seems like an apology is enough for sports officials to end the anti-doping investigation. Here we face the well-known double standards approach. While some athletes are being sentenced to severe punishment, the others avoid penalty.

It’s worth paying attention to repeated problems with doping sample bottles made by the Swiss company Berlinger. Another accident occurred with Doping Control Officer from the anti-doping laboratory based in Riga, Latvia. Media have recently reported on the tendency of these bottles used by WADA at the Rio 2016 Olympics to break when opened. All these facts confirm the low quality of the bottles produced by Berlinger Special AG.

P.S. We'd like to take this opportunity to wish a speedy recovery to athletes with TUEs.

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