Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
Russia to veto UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Syria — envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 22:29
Ukrainian MP Savchenko arrives in Donetsk republic to visit Ukrainian prisoners — agencyWorld February 24, 22:25
Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
Churkin left bright mark in history of Russian diplomacy, Lavrov saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 12:20
YEKATERINBURG, January 29. /ITAR-TASS/. A member of the Russian Biathlon Union’s managing board said on Wednesday it was too early to accuse Russian biathletes of failing doping tests.
Germany’s DPA news agency and other European media reported earlier that three biathletes were tested positive for doping in late December. Reports did not disclose the names of the athletes only stating that they are of both sexes and come from Russia and Lithuania.
Sergei Chepikov, who is also a two-time Olympic champion, said in an interview with Itar-Tass that Russian athletes can be blamed for using doping only if the second test sample proves to be positive.
“The fact of taking doping can be confirmed only after both A and B samples turn out to be positive,” Chepikov said commenting on media reports.
According to reports, the biathletes failed the doping test following results of the A-sample and the athletes still had to be tested for the B-sample. However, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) temporarily suspended them from sports competitions.
It is also unknown whether the biathletes were on the roster of their national teams for the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games in Russia’s resort city of Sochi, but the IBU already notified the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the incident.
The Russian Biathlon Union will hold on Wednesday an extraordinary session of the anti-doping committee to form a special commission on the investigation of the doping incident.