The International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced on Wednesday that another athlete has tested positive for a hormone or metabolic modulator.
It is possible that this substance is meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List on January 1, 2016. If so, that would add to the list of Olga Ambramova, the first biathlete to test positive for the substance, and later Artem Tyshchenko of Ukraine, as well as Eduard Latypov of Russia.
However, without further details from the IBU, it is not possible to say whether the positive is for meldonium or some other hormone.
The athlete has not yet been identified, with the IBU only specifying that the sample was collected during an out-of-competition test in March. The suspension is provisional pending a decision on the “B” sample.
The IBU emphasized that the athlete should not take part in organized sport during the ongoing disciplinary process.
“No athlete or other person who has been declared ineligible may, during the period of ineligibility, participate in any capacity in a competition or activity (other than authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs) authorized or organized by any signatory, signatory’s member organization, or a club or other member organization of a signatory’s member organization, or in competitions authorized or organized by any professional league or any international-or national-level event organization or any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by a governmental agency,” the organization wrote in their press release.