Double Olympic champion Petter Northug said the continued dominance of Norwegian athletes in the World Cup is killing interest in cross-country skiing.
— When I was skiing, the competition was much higher. The World Cup was interesting and several countries had athletes capable of winning. I hope the authorities will make some changes to bring back the enthusiasm.
The World Cup is in danger. The FIS is taking the dubious step of dropping the 4x10K relay in favor of 4×7.5K to give more countries a chance, but at the same time it is dropping formats that have made the history of our sport, such as the 50K.
You have to look at the list of results – the Norwegians take all the first places, at least in the men’s competitions. This kills interest in cross-country skiing, says Nortug Ski Nordique.
In May, the FIS Council confirmed the current suspension of Russian and Belarusian athletes from competitions under the auspices of the organization until further notice.
Source : MatchTV
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