The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has notified the Russian Biathlon Union (SBU) that four Russian sportsmen are suspected of violating anti-doping rules. The RRF confirmed receipt of a corresponding letter from the IBU, but the names of the athletes were not named. According to TASS sources, among the drug users caught in doping may be Olympic champions Evgeny Ustyugov and Svetlana Sleptsova.
The Russian Biathlon Union announced receipt of a letter from the IBU, which says that four Russian biathletes were caught in violation of anti-doping rules. "The SBR received information from the IBU about violation of anti-doping rules by four Russian biathletes. The information received is currently being carefully checked. We draw the attention of all interested persons to the fact that three of the four biathletes mentioned in the letter completed their sports career, and one at the moment does not and does not train in the national team of the country. Nevertheless, the RRF intends to conduct a thorough trial both in relation to the athletes, and in relation to their personal trainers. The results of the investigation will be reported later, "the message says. The organization also noted that "within 14 days, athletes must decide whether they will challenge the conclusions of the World Anti-Doping Agency Commission and take appropriate legal action."
Only after this, the RRF will have the right to disclose the names of athletes to which WADA has a complaint.
As reported by TASS with reference to several sources familiar with the trial, among the people caught in the use of doping are such well-known sportsmen as the Olympic champion Vancouver 2010 and Sochi-2014 Eugene Ustyugov and the champion of the Olympics in Vancouver Svetlana Sleptsova. The telegram channel of sports agent Andrei Mitkov informs that the list includes the Sochi champion Anton Shipulin. Note that Ustyugov did finish his career four years ago, but Shipulin is considered an active athlete. However, since the spring he does not train. Shipulin explained this by the need to pay attention to one's own health and did not rule out that in September he would make a decision on his retirement. Recall that claims of a doping nature to Shipulin have arisen before. In particular, his name was mentioned in the report of the independent expert WADA Richard McLaren. As a result, the International Olympic Committee did not allow Shipulin to participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.