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May 26 Roundup: CAS Date for Johaug, Chevalier Hit by Car, Russian Athletes May Miss Paralympics

Therese Johaug has a date for her hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). A schedule published by CAS shows that Johaug is on the docket for June 6th. The Norwegian Olympic Committee suspended the Norwegian cross-country ski star for 13 months for testing positive for the steroid clostebol; the International Ski Federation (FIS) is appealing that decision, seeking a longer ban.

– French biathlete Anais Chevalier, the bronze medalist in the World Championships sprint this past season, was hit by a car while training and has broken her collarbone. The 24-year-old will take about a month away from regular training to recover. “I’m angry, motorists, we are naked when we are cycling!!” she wrote on her Facebook page, according to a translation. “Thanks for not playing with our lives.”

– The Visma Ski Classics long-distance race series has released its 2017-2018 competition schedule. Two of last year’s events have been dropped: the Vasaloppet China, and the Årefjällsloppet.

– The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has decided that if the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) does not meet their obligations to address its doping scandal by September, then there is a good possibility that Russian athletes will not be allowed to enter the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

“This is not quite a final warning, but it is saying we are running out of time fast,” IPC President Philip Craven told the Associated Press. “With each day that passes there’s time to sort this one out. The RPC and Russian authorities need to build trust in their actions and prove to us all that from now on sport really is about morals over medals and not the other way round.”

The IPC governing board unanimously decided not to lift the suspension on the RPC after an update from the IPC task force that was appointed to monitor the RPC. The task force will update the IPC once more in September.

-The Finnish Ski Association has nominated 20 skiers for their national teams. Reijo Jylhä will continue as the head coach for both the women and men’s teams, with Teemu Pasanen coaching the distance skiers and Olli Ohtonen coaching the sprints, according to FIS.  The notable members are Matti Heikkinen, Krista 
Pärmäkoski, and Kerttu Niskanen.

-Swedish Paralympic gold medalist Helena Ripa has decided to retire and not attempt to qualify for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Game. At the age of 46, she will devote her time to her other passion of Para canoe according to a press release from paralympic.org.

“I have always been driven by being able to perform to the fullest at the highest level. But the driving force is not there anymore whilst skiing and feel I do not have much else to give to the sport,” according to Ripa.

-Two time Olympic cross-country champion, Charlotte Kalla has decided to train outside of the Swedish National team again in order to prepare for the upcoming season. The 29-year old spent the 20016-2017 campaign on her own, and confirmed she will be doing the same thing this year.

“I have decided to remain outside the national team for the upcoming training season in favor of developing cooperation with the group who were around me for the last training season,” Kalla said according to Inside the Games.

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