MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The Canadian national biathlon team sent a letter to the International Biathlon Union (IBU) informing the organization of its intention to boycott the last stage of the 2017/2018 IBU World Cup in Russia’s Tyumen next year, Norway’s public television broadcaster NRK reported on Wednesday.
According to the NRK, which quoted the letter addressed to IBU President Anders Besseberg, the Canadian national team decided to boycott the international stage of the IBU World Cup in Russia citing the lack of trust in the Russian anti-doping system.
"A decision to hold major international competitions in Russia contradicts the decision made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to bar the Russian national team from the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang," the letter from the Canadian biathlon team said.
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision on December 5 to bar the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations. The IOC also suspended the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
"As of now, we have no ample confidence in Russia’s efforts to resolve the issue of doping abuse, since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), still has not reinstated the membership of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA)," the letter said. "In this regard, the Canadian national team decided against sending its athletes to the (IBU World Cup) stage in Russia."
NRK quoted Besseberg as saying in response to the letter from the Canadian team that: "Nobody is forcing anyone to go anywhere."
The final stage of the 2017/2018 IBU World Cup was scheduled to be held in the Russian Siberian city of Tyumen between March 22 and 25, 2018.