Clostebol is well-known as one of the performance enhancing means used by East German athletes in their glory days of the 70s and 80s. In doping context, anabolic steroid clostebol functions similarly to testosterone.
"It is used to build up muscle, for example by bodybuilders," Norwegian national team doctor Fredrik S. Bendiksen told state broadcaster NRK.
Johan Esk, Swedish daily's Dagens Nyheter's sports journalist went so far as to proclaim Norway a "cheating country" in the wake of the disclosure.
"First, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and now Therese Johaug. Now it's definitely time to put Norway in the same bunch of cheater states," Johan Esk wrote in an opinion piece.
"Norwegian cross-country skiing stinks. There is a certain arrogance in Norwegian skiing, as their skiers' dominance allows them to do as they please. That's why they don't give a damn about the rules," Anrell wrote.
The somewhat gleeful attitude was shared by Anrell's fellow Expressen journalists.
"The whole thing is not just a personal disaster for Therese Johaug. Not just a PR-wise catastrophe for the Norwegian sport. It is also a scandal that stains sportsmen who are competing at world level. The public's trust and love is something that usually takes half an eternity to build up. But it can also be destroyed in an instant. Thank you, Norway," columnist Thomas Petterson wrote.
According to Swedish national broadcaster SVT's sports commentator Johanna Ojala, distrust is going to mount further, as news of Norwegian doping dominate the headlines.
The Norwegian Ski Federation came rapidly to the tearful star skier's defense by claiming that Johaug was unaware that the substance was contained in a lip cream she had admittedly used for treating sun burns during an altitude training session in Italy in late August. Additionally, the low levels of the active substance connected with the use of cream had no performance-enhancing effect, Anders Solheim, the head of Anti-Doping Norway, explained to NRK.
Norway skiers finally caught of cheating. Sundby doping just tip of the iceberg. All Norwegians use doping. Ugly secret no more a secret!— Jari Porttila (@SpordePorttila) 20 июля 2016 г.