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MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Finland’s Kontiolahti has been selected to host BMW IBU World Cup 8 instead of Russia’s Tyumen, the International Biathlon Union said in a press statement on Saturday.
In late December, the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) announced its decision to refrain from hosting the 2017 World Cup in Tyumen and 2017 Youth Championship in Ostrov to ensure that the tournaments are not held "amidst suspicions and speculations" stirred by the final edition of the report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission.
"Following the recent decision by the IBU Executive Board to move BMW IBU World Cup 8, the IBU selected a new venue to host the event. BMW IBU World Cup 8 will be held in Kontiolahti, Finland March, 6 - 12 2017," IBU said.
Earlier, IBU said the 2017 Youth Championship will be held in Slovakia’s Osrblie.
According to the Part Two report delivered on December 9 in London by the World Anti-Doping Agency (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 the 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 IBU announced on December 15 that it had obtained a list of 31 athletes, whom the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its Independent Commission led by Canadian sports law professor McLaren suspect of doping violations.
The IBU opened formal investigations against the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) and 29 athletes mentioned in the report and decided to bar Russian female biathletes Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina from international competitions.