Six Russian skiers explained their dismay at the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban them for life from the Olympics, during an interview at Gaellivare on Friday. Alexei Petukhov described the moment he was told he was barred from competitions as “a crisis beyond words.” Evgeny Belov said the situation was “unjust,» while Maxim Vylegzhanin stated that “there is nothing... Еще against us that proves that we have been involved in anything.” “We are pawns in this situation,» stated Alexander Legkov. Six Russian cross-country skiers have been sanctioned this month by the IOC for allegedly violating anti-doping rules. They have all been banned from Olympic competition. Russia has said it will appeal the decisions.