Three Russian Biathletes Suspended For Doping
According to a statement on the IBU’s website, an independent anti-doping panel for the International Biathlon Union has handed down two-year suspensions to Russian biathletes Albina Akhatova, Yekaterina Iourieva and Dmitri Yaroshenko after the three tested positive for rEPO at a World Cup event in Sweden last December.
The panel’s decision means that all three biathletes are ruled out of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and under new International Olympic Committee rules, will not be eligible for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
I’m not what you call a biathlon junkie, but I find this news hardly surprising. Obviously these biathletes were taking something pretty powerful if it casused them to develop both male and female genitalia. That’s what a biathlete is, right?
And since when are these kind of people allowed to compete in the Olympics? That’s news to me as well. What a screwy, mixed-up world we’re living in.
3 Russian biathletes suspended for doping at WCup [The Seattle Times]