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Glazyrina Drops Appeal, Ineligible to Compete Until Feb. 2019

Ekaterina Glazyrina has withdrawn her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), leaving the 31-year-old Russian biathlete suspended from competition until Feb. 10, 2019 for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The news regarding a “Termination Order by the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division” concerning her case, which involved her use of a banned substance, came from the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on Friday. It came after Glazyrina officially withdrew her appeal of the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel’s decision on April 24. She has been serving a provisional suspension handed down by the IBU Executive Board since Feb. 10, 2017, and all of her results from Dec. 19, 2013 until that date have been annulled.

Because she is no longer appealing the doping charges, Glazyrina has to serve two years of competition ineligibility. Since her provisional suspension began in February 2017, the last 16 months count toward her two-year suspension.

“The verdict by the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel against Ms. Glazyrina is now legally binding and enforceable,” IBU Acting Secretary General Martin Kuchenmeister said, according to the press release. “This shows that our anti-doping program is working effectively. It also proves the efficiency of the IBU Independent Working Group, which investigated voluminous data from the McLaren reports and the information from the Laboratory Information Management System database revealed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.”