14th January 2015

IBU suspends two more athletes

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has suspended two more athletes as part of its effort to re-analyse samples showing atypical findings from previous seasons, reported earlier this month. It has suspended Russian athlete Alexander Loginov as of 25 November 2014, and Ukrainian athlete Sergei Sednev, after five of the samples returned positive results for erythropoietin (EPO) after being  re-analysed by a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Three of the samples related to two athletes already suspended by the IBU, Ekaterina Iourieva and Irina Starykh.

‘Mr. Loginov’s re-analysed sample was collected in Östersund (SWE) on 26 November 2013 in an Out-of-Competition test’, read an IBU statement. ‘ Mr. Sednev’s re-analyzed sample was collected in Antholz (ITA) on 22 January 2013 in an Out-of-Competition test. The samples were taken by IBU. The IBU Anti-Doping Hearing panel will decide about the period of ineligibility for both athletes.’

Loginov, who competed at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, was suspended as of 25 November 2014 and Sednev, who took bronze in the 2011 Biathlon World Championships, was suspended as of 15 December. Both Loginov and Sednev (pictured), who has since retired, waived analysis of their B sample.   ‘The Biathlon Federation of Ukraine, in accordance with Art. 6.5 Anti-Doping Rules IBU, conducted an internal investigation, in which the athlete was not able to explain or refute the use of illegal substances’, read a statement from the Biathlon Federation of Ukraine. ‘The positive results of doping tests were unexpected, because the Biathlon Federation of Ukraine is constantly working with athletes, coaches, doctors, and rehabilitators regarding the inadmissibility of the prohibited drugs use. The athlete was given the opportunity of opening the B sample, which would have cost €2,500. But as Sednev had finished his career after the poor results over the past seasons, he decided not to conduct the further analysis.’

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