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Norwegian Student Seeks ‘Athlete Transgression’ Survey Participants

A Norwegian postgraduate student is seeking participants for a short survey on personal opinions of Norwegian skier Therese Johaug and Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova and their anti-doping violations (Johaug tested positive for clostebol last fall and is serving a 13-month suspension, which is still under review by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium in January 2016 and served a 15-month suspension.)

The student is writing his master thesis on the topic of athlete transgression. “My project revolves around the similar doping cases of cross-country skier Therese Johaug and tennis player Maria Sharapova,” he explains. “More specifically about fans’ attitude towards the athletes and their sponsors after the scandal was made public. … It is hoped that the project could provide useful information for sport managers, sponsors and academics about the impact of scandals related to endorsed athletes.”

The survey includes 22 questions and takes approximately five minutes.