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IBU Suspends Russia’s Glazyrina

On Friday, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced the immediate provisional suspension of Russian biathlete Ekaterina Glazyrina as an outcome of the McLaren report investigation.

Glazyrina, 29, recently raced at the IBU World Cup in Antholz, Italy, where she placed fifth in the women’s relay. Her best individual result this season was 12th in the World Cup pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

“Following the publication of the McLaren Report – Part II on 9 December, the IBU established a working group to evaluate the Report and study the available documents,” an IBU press release stated. “It initiated specific follow-up actions in order to get more data with regard to the alleged anti-doping rule violations.”

After collecting additional information and documentation, the working group decided that “an optional provisional suspension” should be implemented with regards to Glazyrina considering “several samples of the athlete may have contained prohibited substances and doping controls conducted by RUSADA may have been tampered, without limitation by manipulation of sample(s).”

The IBU Executive Board met Friday and supported that proposal, deciding to provisionally suspend Glazyrina starting immediately, Feb. 10, “pending the IBU determination of whether or not the athlete has committed an anti-doping Rule violation.”

Glazyrina and the Russian Biathlon Union were informed of the suspension, and she has the opportunity for a provisional hearing. This news comes on the second day of IBU World Championships before the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint takes place this afternoon (8:45 a.m. EST) in Austria.