"My eyes were really opened from conversations I had with people on the professional scene," "I looked at some of the times being consistently run and I asked myself if this was possible naturally." "The only logical conclusion I could reach was that, in a lot of cases, the answer was definitely 'no'."
Lombard was banned in 2004 for two years for taking EPO and made to return his Sports Council grant.
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Finnish skier Eoro Maentyranta won 2 gold medals for cross country skiing in the Winter Olympics in1964. Subsequently it was found he had a genetic mutation that meant that he “naturally” had 40-50% more red blood cells than average.
You are a member of a panel convened by the International Olympic Committee after the event to consider a request by the other skiers to disqualify him from future competitions. Write out your response to the IOC giving your reasons in full.