Altitude chambers were banned in Norway. The Norwegian Sports Board is considering a temporarily lift.
OSLO (NOR): The Norwegian Sports Board on 19 January will consider whether the ban on altitude chambers should be lifted temporarily, informs NRK. The use of altitude chambers has been banned in Norway since 2003 and due to continuing travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, most Norwegian athletes are unable to train abroad. Norwegian team doctor Ove Talsnes said: “Athletes are in a terrible dilemma, really. Altitude training is not just a marginal factor for this type of athlete. It is a basic skill when you have reached that level here, if we are to fight for final places and medals in the Olympic championships,” he said. Talsnes emphasises he is only advocating for a temporary exception during the pandemic.