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The IBU Has Started Reviewing Information About Russian Biathletes From The WADA List

The IBU Has Started Reviewing Information About Russian Biathletes From The WADA List

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has begun reviewing information from the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) about Russian athletes.

On April 30, WADA announced the completion of its investigation into the manipulation of doping samples of 298 Russian athletes stored in a Moscow laboratory. Manipulations with the sample data of 145 athletes were detected. The results of the investigation were transmitted to 28 international federations, one of which is engaged in organizing "major competitions."

"The IBU has just received additional information from the WADA investigation team, which is investigating the Russian case. The IBU anti-doping authority is currently investigating the information received from WADA along with other data that the authority may have, and will take appropriate measures in due course," the press service said.

In September, the WADA Executive Committee initiated a review of the issue of non-compliance of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) with the international code in connection with the detected changes in the database of the Moscow laboratory, which contains data on the verification of Russian athletes for the period from 2012 to 2015.

On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee unanimously voted to strip RUSADA of its code compliance status and impose sanctions on Russian sports in connection with the manipulation of the Moscow laboratory's database, which contains the results of verification of athletes for the period from 2012 to 2015.

Russia risks losing the right to hold major sporting events and qualify for them for four years. the country's athletes may lose the opportunity to compete at the World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag. The sanctions will only take effect if they are approved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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