An athlete has instructed these making bombshell allegations of dishonest on the Winter Olympics ought to “examine in my underwear” for proof.
The claims have emerged towards Russian and German opponents in cross-country snowboarding occasions, with officers from the latter nation suggesting the allegations have arisen out of jealousy over its success in Beijing.
The allegations are that the international locations have used fluorinated wax on athletes’ skis as lubricant.
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Fluorinated waxes, which include C8 fluoropolymers, have been banned by the Worldwide Ski Federation, which has cited environmental and well being impacts for the choice.
A report from Finnish publication Iltalehti emerged after Germany received silver within the ladies’s 4x5km relay on Saturday, February 12, and gold within the ladies’s crew dash traditional on Wednesday on the Zhangjiakou Nationwide Cross-Nation Snowboarding Centre.
The publication cited an nameless “insider” who claimed “the banned fluoride C8 was used, no less than within the 4×5 km relay on Saturday, probably additionally within the crew dash on Wednesday”.
German crew coach Andreas Schlutter mentioned that was unfaithful and instructed the claims could have been sparked by disappointment by rival nation Finland.
“We actually don’t use C8 fluorine, as we not deliver it with us,” he informed Norwegian information outlet Dagbladet.
“What they’re writing is a lie.
“The Finns should be dissatisfied over dropping out on medals within the relay.”
German Ski Affiliation board member Stefan Schwarzbach backed up Schlutter’s denial, labelling the allegations “outrageous”.
“To make it clear, the German Ski Affiliation adheres to all tips and guidelines. And we assume that this additionally applies to the opposite nations,” he informed Eurosport.
Race director Pierre Mignerey mentioned there was no proof to help the declare towards Germany.
“I’ve no motive to consider it,” he informed Dagbladet.
“Possibly folks observed that Germany glides higher and have speculated.”
Russian Veronika Stepanova additionally emphatically denied the allegation she and her crew had used C8 waxes in successful gold in Saturday’s relay occasion forward of Germany.
She took intention at Swedish journalist Tomás Pettersson who made the declare in newspaper Expressen.
“(Pettersson) has nicely developed sense of odor – he smells C8 fluoro on my skis (and people of German ladies too) from far, far-off. Even when it’s not there,” Stepanova mentioned on Instagram.
“I’ve a suggestion, Tomas. Why don’t you demand to do a examine in my underwear, in case I disguise a motor there.”
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