Hochfilzen, Austria (AP) Police have seized a number of drugs in the Kazakhstan biathlon team.

A few hours before the biathlon World Cup starts with the afternoon’s mix-relay in Hochfilzen, it has been known that the police in cooperation with the International Biathlon Union has conducted several raids against biathletes from Kazakhstan.

According messages to the police, Federal Criminal Police Office, have seized a number of products and medicines.

The investigation is not finished, it becomes illuminated. Investigators are now reviewing the evidence to see if they represent violations of anti-doping rules. Drugs and medicines are taken care of by the anti-doping agency  in Austria, Nada.

Police hold a press conference now at 13 o’clock in Hochfilzen.

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ALL WERE TESTED. 

IBU informs that it has now completed testing of all the participants from Kazakhstan (photo over) All athletes will still get the opportunity to participate in today’s mix-relay pending the results of doping tests.

  • We found various medications and products in the rooms, but the investigation is not over, said a police official at the press conference.

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Photo: 30 police officers were involved in the raid against a hotel last night, even sourcing in the KAZ teams trailer.

  • We work closely with the police and appreciate the professionalism they have shown. We have chosen to doping testing throughout the Kazakh national team and is awaiting the results of these tests, said Secretary General of the IBU, Nicole Resch.

  • Just sad !
    said, General Secretary of the Norwegian Biathlon Association, Rachel Rauntun, attended the press conference here in Hochfilzen with President Erlend Slåttvik.

Now we wait and see if this is a doping case or not. Is that what, then it’s just sad. Yesterday we had an extraordinary congress where we discussed doping. It shows that we must have tougher penalties for systematic doping, both for athletes and for union level. We must come to life otherwise we lose the credibility of our sport.

It may take several days before test results are available. Thus biathletes from Kazakhstan probably also attend Sunday’s sprint and pursuit for both women and men.

Source: AP and VG

 

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