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Russian biathlete suspected of repeated violation of anti-doping rules - Italian police

Searches at the hotel in the town of Antholz, where the Russian team is staying, took place on February 22

ANTHOLZ /Italy/, February 22. /TASS/. Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov is suspected of repeatedly violating anti-doping rules, Italian police said in a warrant to search a hotel in the town of Antholz, where the Russian team is staying.

Searches at the hotel took place on Saturday morning.

The search warrant was issued for Loginov and his personal coach Alexander Kasperovich. Police officers searched their hotel rooms and cars. Kasperovich is suspected of using someone else’s credentials to access the 2020 Biathlon World Championships.

Loginov won the men’s sprint race at the current championships and took bronze in the pursuit event. He is also included in Russia’s men’s team for a relay race set to take place later on Saturday.

In November 2013, the Russian Biathlon Union suspended Loginov from competition. In November 2014, the International Biathlon Union banned him from sports for two years due to his use of erythropoietin. The ban expired on November 25, 2016.