Norway ski federation blasts Swedish TV's doping allegations against Norwegian skiers

STOCKHOLM - Norway's ski federation has strongly criticized a Swedish TV report that cast doping suspicions against eight-time Olympic champion Bjoern Daehlie and other cross-country skiers.

Broadcaster SVT said it had obtained confidential results of blood tests taken at races in the mid-1990's showing the hemoglobin values of several skiers, including Daehlie, Italy's Silvio Fauner and Sweden's Lars Haland, were abnormally high. All denied doping in the program.

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Such results can point to possible cheating but are not classified as doping tests.

Norway's ski federation called the accusations unfounded and Daehlie — a national icon in his country — said he didn't rule out taking legal action against the program.

The International Olympic Committee's top anti-doping official, Arne Ljungqvist, also dismissed the allegations Thursday, saying the test results cited were inconclusive.

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