Norwegian coach Eirik Muir Nossum was shocked by the behavior of Russian skier Alexander Bolshunov towards Finn Jon Mäki after finishing the relay at the World Cup in Lahti, Finland. His words are quoted by NRK.
“I am shocked by his behavior. We do cross-country skiing, not MMA or martial arts, ”Nossum said. He added that he had never seen anything like this in cross-country skiing and hoped it would never happen again. The coach felt that the International Ski Federation should punish Bolshunov for attacking an opponent.
Earlier on January 24, Bolshunov pushed a Finn and hit him with a stick after Myaki cut the Russian. After the finish, Bolshunov also knocked the opponent down. Due to Bolshunov’s unsportsmanlike behavior, Evgeny Belov, Denis Spitsov and Alexei Chervotkin were deprived of the bronze medal in the relay.
Instead, the second Russian team won the bronze, finishing fourth. The winners of the race were the Norwegian team. Finnish skiers won silver.
The next stage of the World Cup starts on January 29 in Falun, Sweden. The competition will run until January 31st.