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Case of Russian biathletes from McLaren report to be addressed by February

December 15, 2016, 18:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS, Artem Kuznetsov/. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) plans to announce its decision regarding Russian athletes, who were mentioned in the recent McLaren report, before the World Championships in Austria’s Hochfilzen in early February, IBU President Anders Besseberg told TASS on Thursday.

The world’s governing body of biathlon announced earlier in the day that it had received from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) a list with the names of 31 Russian biathletes, who had been mentioned in the recent report of the WADA Independent Commission in regard to doping abuse allegations.

"We have established an expert group, consisting of both lawyers and experts in anti-doping work," Besseberg said in an interview with TASS. "Those people have been given a mandate to advice the (IBU) Executive Board."

"This group is already in work," the IBU president said. "We want to have information and advice from them… as soon as absolutely possible."

Asked whether the information and advice from the expert group could be provided before the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen (to be held between February 8 and 19), Besseberg said he hoped it would be obtained before that time "so we will be able to make some decisions."

"But it will first of all depend on the work of the group - if they have the necessary material or if they have to collect more material and so on. But the basic goal is that we want their advice as soon as it is possible," he added.

According to the Part Two report, delivered on December 9 in London by the WADA Independent Commission and its chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports could have been involved in the manipulations system to conceal positive doping tests.

McLaren’s Part Two report claimed in particular that doping samples of 12 Russian medalists of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi had been tampered with. In addition, doping tests of two more Russian athletes, who won four gold medals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics had been falsified as well.

The report did not provide particular names and McLaren later told TASS that the decision against making public the names of athletes, who are allegedly guilty of doping abuse, was made in respect to their private life, and, moreover, it should be done by respective international sports federations and not him personally.

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