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Russian athlete hopes for just investigation into doping allegations of biathlon athletes

February 14, 20:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The International Biathlon Union announced earlier its decision to impose a provisional suspension on Russian biathlon racer Ekaterina Glazyrina

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MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Russian biathlon racer Anton Shipulin hopes for a fair investigation into doping abuse allegations regarding his teammates, Ski-nordique web portal reported on Tuesday.

"I hope that the results of the investigation will be fair and our country will be provided an opportunity to present convincing evidence against the pending accusations," Shipulin was quoted as saying.

Shipulin also said that when he read through the now-infamous McLaren report he saw no evidence pointing to the alleged guilt of Russian athletes.

"When I read the report it seemed to me that I was watching a fantastic movie," the Russian athlete said.

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced last Friday its decision to impose a provisional suspension on Russian biathlon racer Ekaterina Glazyrina based on the information delivered in December by an international independent anti-doping commission.

According to Part Two of the report, delivered in early December in London by the WADA Independent Commission and its chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports could have been involved in an alleged manipulation scheme to conceal positive doping tests.

Part Two of McLaren’s 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.

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