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IBU finds ex-chief guilty of concealing doping samples of Russian athletes

According to the independent External Review Commission, former IBU Secretary General Nicole Resch also breached the organization’s rules
Anders Besseberg Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Anders Besseberg
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MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. The independent External Review Commission (ERC) of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) has reached the conclusion that former IBU head Anders Besseberg is guilty of concealing doping samples of Russian athletes, the IBU said in a statement.

According to the ERC, former IBU Secretary General Nicole Resch also breached the organization’s rules as Resch and Besseberg defended Russia’s interests "particularly in the anti-doping context, without good justification."

"The complete lack of basic governance safeguards previously in place at the IBU meant the former IBU leadership was able to operate without checks and balances, without transparency, and without accountability," ERC Chair Jonathan Taylor noted. "The report shows why all integrity decisions should be made by an independent body that is dedicated solely to protecting the ethical values of the sport, not by an executive board that has to deal with a number of conflicting interests."

The final decision on sanctions against Besseberg and Resch lies in the jurisdiction of the Biathlon Integrity Unit.

In December 2018, Austrian investigators visited the Russian biathlon national team in Austria’s Hochfilzen, where it had arrived for the World Cup events, to notify several Russian athletes and specialists that an investigation was underway into possible breaches of anti-doping rules committed in Hochfilzen a year before. A message exchange between Besseberg and Resch prompted such suspicions.