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Borodavko: Racing on the world stage without Russian skiers has become a “one-sided game”

KAZAN, March 12 – RIA Novosti, Vadim Kuznetsov. Yuri Borodavko, head coach of the Russian cross-country ski team, said he has agreed with Norwegian skier Petter Nortug, who described the Norwegian team’s domination of the World Cup marathon as boring.

“In the men’s division, two teams dominate: ours and the Norwegians. When one is missing, the rivalry turns into, say, a one-sided game. We see this in many races this season. The lack of competition is very clear,” – Borodavko told reporters.

“Without Russian athletes, the level of viewing dropped sharply. Even in Norway, the viewership of the World Cups and World Championships fell by 30 percent,” said the coach.

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) has suspended Russians and Belarusians from last season’s final starts due to the situation in Ukraine. In October, the FIS Council extended the suspension for the 2022/23 season.

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