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Russian Biathlon Union to challenge suspension of biathlete Glazyrina in CAS

The athlete has 21 days to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport

MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. The Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) disagrees with the suspension of female biathlete Ekaterina Glazyrina and intends to defend her rights and reputation in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the RBU said in a statement on Friday.

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced on Friday that Russian biathlete Glazyrina has been found guilty of violating anti-doping rules and suspended for two years.

"In view of the IBU’s decision on Glazyrina’s suspension, the Russian Biathlon Union officially states that it disagrees with the conclusions of the IBU commission and intends to defend the athlete’s rights and reputation in the CAS," the RBU’s statement reads.

"The RBU draws attention to the fact that no new data was presented in the hearings lasting two years and a half on the violation of the anti-doping rules by the Russian athlete since the first hearing was held. The final decision on Ekaterina Glazyrina is based solely on the testimony of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) informer Grigory Rodchenkov whose truthfulness and impartiality were numerously and successfully disputed in the hearings on the cases of other Russian athletes," the statement reads.

"The RBU stresses its irreconcilable position on doping but states its resolute intention to apply to the CAS to establish justice in this matter," the statement says.

According to the IBU’s decision, Glazyrina is ineligible to compete for a period of 2 years from the decision’s date, April 24, 2018, "with the period of the provisional suspension already served credited."

All the competitive results obtained by Glazyrina in the competitions, in which she participated from December 19, 2013 through February 10, 2017 "are disqualified with all resulting consequences for medals, points and prizes," according to the IBU’s statement.

The athlete has 21 days to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

On February 10, 2017, Glazyrina was slapped with the provisional suspension based on the Part Two report prepared by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and delivered in London in December 2016 by the WADA Independent Commission’s chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren.

According to the report, 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 the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi had been tampered with.