Austrian police deny leveling allegations against Russian biathlonists

Austrian police deny leveling allegations against Russian biathlonists
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TV broadcaster Dmitry Guberniev reported that on December 12, law enforcement officers came to the hotel where members of the Russian national team were settled in before the start of the second stage of the World Championship.

The Tirol police department did not confirm the information that law enforcement officials charged Russian biathletes with violating anti-doping rules.

TV broadcaster Dmitry Guberniev reported that on December 12, law enforcement officers came to the hotel where members of the Russian national team were settled in before the start of the second stage of the World Championship. Accusations of violating anti-doping rules during the 2017 World Championship were brought against biathlonists Evgeny Garanichev, Alexander Loginov, Anton Shipulin, Alexey Volkov and Irina Starykh, as well as coach Alexander Kasperovich.

“At the moment, no information has been received from Hochfilzen on this matter,” Stefan Eder, the official representative of the Tirol Administration, told TASS.

He noted that information about the arrival of the police in the location of the Russian national team might appear in the morning.

A source of the agency confirmed that law enforcement officers visited Russian biathletes. He noted that none of the accused was detained. At the moment, there are Garanichev, Loginov, Starykh, and masseur Dmitry Topychkanov in Hochfilzen.

Loginov was suspended from participation in competitions on suspicion of using prohibited substances in 2014. On July 10, 2015, the athlete was disqualified until November 25, 2016, by the decision of the International Biathlon Union (IBU).

Also in 2014, Starykh was disqualified. In 2015, the suspension period was increased from two to three years.

Volkov, Garanichev, and Shipulin did not receive an invitation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2018 Phenchkhane Games.

The second stage of the Biathlon World Cup will be held in Austrian Hochfilzen from December 13 to 16. At the stage in the Slovenian Pokljuka, Loginov took bronze in the sprint and the pursuit race.

He ranked fourth in the overall standings of the World Cup.

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