For Emilien Jacquelin, the 2021 Worlds have already started… on social networks. Sunday February 7, three days before the start of the competition in Pokljuka (Slovenia), the double world champion (pursuit and relay) last year spoke on his Twitter account in a direct manner concerning the lack of controls doping control over the past two weeks. “No control during the two weeks before the Worlds. But what is WADA doing? »Asks the 25-year-old Grenoblois on the social network about the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“I wasn’t aware of it, but I think Emilien is right,” comments Lionel Laurent, the press coordinator of the France Biathlon team, in the minibus that accompanied Julia Simon and Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet. When you stay a fortnight to train at your place of residence, it’s good that there are some checks… ”Reached by phone, Vincent Vittoz, the coach of the French men’s team, did not wanted to comment.
“With the coronavirus, it may not be that simple”
By taking the road towards Slovenia, one of Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet’s first sentences for her teammate was precisely to know if the latter had been checked. “Julia had one last Wednesday, and I believe without being mistaken that Quentin (Fillon-Maillet) also, adds Lionel Laurent. After that, it’s true that with the coronavirus, it may not be that simple. “
As in other sports, doping has hit the headlines several times in biathlon. Before retiring last March, Martin Fourcade repeatedly pointed the finger at Russian athletes, which had led to several controversies. On October 27, the Russian Evgeny Ustyugov was again suspended for doping, which had the effect of canceling all his results obtained between 2010 and 2014, including the Olympic title of the Vancouver Games in 2010. In front of Fourcade.
Jacquelin: “I must not think about what is at stake”
Since the start of the World Cup on November 27 in Finland, Emilien Jacquelin has only been on a podium twice. On December 12, the Dauphinois was adorned with money in pursuit of Hochfilzen (behind Quentin Fillon-Maillet), before doing it again the following Saturday, still in Austria. He is now 7th in the general classification.
“It’s a winter when I have the impression that I haven’t managed to do the shopping 100%,” Jacquelin said in the Team Vercors Isère newsletter, of which he is a member. There was frustration. I don’t have to think about the issue like I did very well last year. They will be attacking races with the desire that will speak above all. I want to finish each race without regrets and without fear having tried. “