Norwegian skier Johannes Klebo shared his feelings of being disqualified after the marathon at the World Championships in Oberstdorf.
“This seems to be the hardest day in my entire career. I felt great and controlled the race well. You can see what happened and judge for yourself. To be honest, today’s race is causing a lot of frustration and anger. I have been waiting for this race for a very long time, and this was my main goal this season. I never felt so ready and my ambitions were high. I knew I had a chance to win.
First the FIS declared me the winner and the situation was treated as an incident, then the federation changed its mind and disqualified me. As you can imagine, this was a big disappointment. I am very disappointed with how the FIS reacted to the situation and the final decision of the jury. Everything seems grim now, but I’ll be back. I just need time. Thank you for your support and for the pleasant messages from all of you, ”Klebo wrote on Instagram.
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