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Former skier was asked to take asthma medicine

Siri Halle told VG that she was recommended to use asthma medication Ventoline when she was active national team athlete in cross country. This despite the fact that she was not asthmatic.

LA UP: Siri Halle let up even as a 22-year-old, but says she was recommended asthma medicine when she was active. She is not asthmatic. PHOTO: POPPE, CORNELIUS / NTB Scanpix

Former skier was asked to take asthma medicine


Siri Halle told VG that she was recommended to use asthma medication Ventoline when she was active national team athlete in cross country. This despite the fact that she was not asthmatic.

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LA UP: Siri Halle let up even as a 22-year-old, but says she was recommended asthma medicine when she was active. She is not asthmatic.

PHOTO: POPPE, CORNELIUS / NTB Scanpix

Source: NTB


 Updated yesterday at. 11:08

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44-year-old, who was active in the early 1990s, says that she was told she would serve time to avail themselves of the same asthma medication that Martin Johnsrud Sundby was banned because of last week.


Even sets Halle themselves puzzled with the recommendation to the newspaper.


– That said, so remember you I also I took such a test, where I blew a little and mass out. Then it was found some irritation there, and that qualified to be a kind of asthma or an irritation, which was enough to get Ventoline. I can today do not understand that I was asthmatic, I have not had breathing problems, but I do not now how I could have needed medicine, says Halle.


The former cross-country skier, who gave himself already the age of 22, confirmed that she began using the drug, unless she understood the point.


– I did not feel it “trick in the neck.” I had no desire to use it. I did not look at me as nothing more noble or more responsible than others, but it was funny to use medicine for something that obviously was not a problem for me.


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Project before Olympics

President, the federation Erik Røste, referring to asthma and allergy expert Kai-Hakon Carlsen in connection with the case.


Carlsen says that it was established a project to improve the participants’ respiratory health before the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994. Before that, when Halle was on the national team, there were no restrictions on the use of asthma medications.


The project was initiated by the WSC at Falun in 1993 because of much disease. Carlsen believes 40 percent of all participants in Falun used asthma medicine and that there was “a need to clean up” after the championship.


– It had been prescribed pretty much medication without specific criteria. In the project before the Lillehammer Olympics, we reduced the use of asthma medicine quite powerful. We treated those who needed it and took away medicines from those who needed it. But there were also several who had been prescribed asthma medication without having used it, says the expert told VG.


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Inaccuracies

Carlsen believes many inaccuracies have been highlighted in the debate over the use of asthma medication among top athletes.


– There are many who say that it improves performance, but there are a lot of rich literature that shows that it is not the case. If had not medicines been released by WADA and IOC. Many were afraid that it would improve performance, so it was set in motion many studies since 1993 showing that is not the case, says Carlsen.

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