LAUSANNE, December 8. /TASS/. An issue of holding the 2021 International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Championship in the Russian city of Tymen will largely depend on the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Thursday.
Following the secret ballot by the IBU members during the closing day of the organization’s Congress, held in September in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, Tyumen was chosen to host the global biathlon tournament in five years.
"We are expecting a decision by WADA in this IBU decision because there is an obvious relationship between the non-compliance of RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) and potential events there in the country," Bach told a news conference after the IOC Executive Board’s session in Lausanne on December 6-8.
"We have been informed that WADA is looking into this issue," the IOC president said. "So we are waiting for this result. I think the IOC and the Olympic Summit… have made their recommendations very clear in this respect."
Numerous media reports suggested that after the decision in favor of Russia, WADA could possibly accuse the IBU of violating the anti-doping 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 IOC Executive Board announced its decision on Wednesday to extend provisional measures in regard to Russia over the recent doping scandals for an indefinite period. 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 was initially in effect until December 31, 2016, but following yesterday’s meeting of the Executive Board in Switzerland’s Lausanne it was extended "until further notice."
The WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its 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 commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.
Following the commission’s report, WADA recommended 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.