The news that Lägreid, third in the overall World Cup, is stopped from today's mass start hit shockingly during the morning in Lenzerheide, but the fatal shot occurred even before the sprint on Friday.

"This happened just before the sprint and we didn't know anything until the afternoon after the race," says Norwegian sporting director Per Arne Bothnan, and the team was at a loss because they had not experienced a similar incident before and did not know how to handle the situation.

Find your way with Switzerland, Norway and IBU

There was a sprint with a fourth place on Friday and a chase start with a third place for Lägreid yesterday before the Norwegians told the IBU what had happened, where they wanted to be transparent and show a good example.

"We brought it up internally and asked ourselves what we should do and orient ourselves between Norwegian and Swiss legislation and the IBU regulations, and then it took some time. We wanted to make a correct decision and this was unknown to many, but now that it has happened, it is a reminder to all nations that we have to be very careful with things like this," says Botnan.

It is worth noting that Martin Ponsiluoma was fourth in yesterday's pursuit, placing behind Lägreid.

Listen to expert Helena Ekholm talk about the incident in the player below.

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Expert Helena Ekholm on Sturla Holm Lägreid's accidental shooting Photo: Per Frisell