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WADA awaits explanations from IBU on its choice of Russia for 2021 World Championship

September 13, 15:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia's Tyumen has been chosen to host the global biathlon tournament in five years
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MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) must offer explanations regarding its recent vote to select the Russian Siberian city of Tyumen as the venue for the 2021 Biathlon World Championship, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in its statement addressed to TASS.

Following the secret ballot by the IBU members during the closing day of the organization’s Congress, held earlier in the month in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, Tyumen was chosen to host the global biathlon tournament in five years.

Numerous media reports suggested that after the decision in favor of Russia, WADA could possibly accuse the IBU of violating the anti-doping code.

"WADA was surprised to hear of the International Biathlon Union’s recently-adopted decision to award the 2021 IBU World Championships to the Russian city of Tyumen," according to the statement from WADA.

"Since November 18, 2015 the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code," the statement said adding that in line with the code "it is the International Federations’ responsibility to do everything possible to award World Championships only to countries where the government has ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the UNESCO Convention and the National Olympic Committee, National Paralympic Committee and National Anti-Doping Organization are in compliance with the Code."

The two other localities running against Russia’s Tyumen for the right to host the 2021 IBU World Championship were Nove Mesto, in the Czech Republic and Pokljuka, Slovenia.

The WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

As a result, WADA suggested that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

After a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion is scheduled to be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

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