Before Sochi 2014: Lithuanian and Russian biathlets fail dope tests

Waring news for Lithuania and Russia one ten days before the Olympic Games in Sochi starts: Three biathletes who are representing Lithuania and Russia have been suspended after their A samples tests were positive for banned substances, reported the International Biathlon Federation (IBU) this Wednesday.

According to channelnewsasia.com, the IBU did not give the names of the athletes, the date or location where the positive tests were taken. “Four adverse analytical findings were obtained in samples of three IBU athletes from Russia and Lithuania,” said the IBU statement.

“The outcome of the test showed the presence of a non-specific substance. According to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Code, the IBU therefore provisionally suspended the respective athletes from any IBU competitions until the decision of the Anti-Doping Hearing Panel is reached. The respective athletes were all suspended provisionally, pending the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel’s decision”.

The statement also reviled that “Due to the upcoming Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) was informed accordingly.”

The Olympics begin in just 10 days’ time in Sochi, Russia.

Interesting to note that the last big doping scandal in biathlon was during 2008 and it is involved also Russian athletes Ekaterina Iourieva, Albina Akhatova and Dimitri Yaroshenmko whose tests were positive for the banned blood booster EPO. All three received two-year suspensions from any activity.

The Russian Biathlon Federation announced on Wednesday an emergency meeting of its anti-doping commission.