IBU deprived Wednesday, 8th February, Russian Tyumen Biathlon Championships in 2021 at an extraordinary IBU congress (headphoto), after being threatened by WADA. The consequence could be that no biathletes would participate in the Olympics in Pyeong Chang, South-Korea.
Russia loses the Biathlon World Championships that were to held in Tyumen in 2021. This emerged during the IBU extraordinary congress on Wednesday.
IBU Board requires that the Russians must give up the World Cup in 2021 before February 24. If not, the board will deprive them of the championship.
The governor of Tyumen region confirms to NRK-TV that they will not give back the championship, meaning that IBU has to take from them the championship.
WAS THREATENED BY WADA.
WADA has previously asked IBU explain why they gave the World Cup to a country that does not follow anti-doping rules, the so-called Wada code, as late as September 2016?
IBU president Anders Besseberg explains that IBU was threatened by WADA to take from the Russians championship because Russia does not have an approved anti-doping program. If could WADA consider connected not to comply with the Wada code.
THE RISK WAS TOO BIG TO TAKE.
– We may be in danger of being declared “non compliant”. We see that at too great a risk to take. Therefore we took this to be proactive. We have a deadline of February 28 to explain WADA what we did to prevent it, says Besseberg NRK.
NRK’s biathlon expert, Halvard Hanevold (former world champion biathlon), it seems the decision is unique.
– The consequences could have been that no biathletes would have could have participated in the Olympics in Pyeong Chang, if they had maintained the allocation to Tyumen, says Hanevold NRK.
RUSSIAN WC “NO” RECEIVED APPLAUDE.
Photo: President of the Norwegian Biathlon Association, Erlend Slokvik, is pleased that the Tyumen not will be holding the WC in 2021.
When the decision was that the Russians lose the championship, this was popular among some in Congress.
– Then what is on the screen, there were many who applaud, tells Slokvik NRK
PARCTITIONERS LETTER TO IBU BOARD, 3 WEEKS AGO.
Photo: Practitioners petition, which among others the most winning Biathlon ever, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) has signed together with 159 other Biathlon athletes..
Big athletes profiles as Martin Fourcade (FRA) , Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) and Michal Šlesingr (CZE) reacted strongly when IBU recently signaled that they would not do anything about doping requirements of athletes before the earliest one and a half years.
The strong reactions from the athletes forced Biathlon Association to schedule an extraordinary congress before the Championship started in Hochfilzen.
– Practitioners should be credited for that we took some decisions faster than planned, says Besseberg NRK.
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIAN BIATHLON UNION GARANTEES THAT ALL RUSSIAN ATHLETES ARE CLEAN IN WC HOCHFILZEN
A new organizer of the World Cup in 2021 will be decided at the IBU Congress in 2018. President of the Russian Biathlon Union, Aleksandr Kravtsov, guarantees that all Russian athletes will be at the World Cup in Hochfilzen are clean. He will not give up without a fight.
– We are going to fight for the decision of Congress in Moldova where Tyumen righteously won the right to host the tournament in 2021, tells Kravtsov told NRK.
PROPOSING STRICTER PUNISHMENTS AFTER INITIATIVE FROM THE ATHLETES.
The International Biathlon Union also wants to sharpen doping penalties and go into eight-year ban for dopingtatte practitioners.
It was decided to sharpen penalties as follows:
- Eight-year exclusion for doping. Today max ban four years
- ten times more increase in monetary penalties, up to 1 million euros,
- and the forfeiture of World Cup, Olympic and World Cup quota place for every doping case.
There is, however, WADA who need to change the current punishments by revising Wada code.
THE ATHLETES HAS NOT BEEN PLEASED WITH IBU’s TREATING OF THE PRACTIONER’s REQUIREMENTS.
The IBU Congress therefore decided that the IBU must send a specific letter to WADA which they propose stricter doping penalties. All this was adopted with an overwhelming majority.
160 athletes signed petition
In winter, 160 practitioners joined forces and signed a petition, in which one requires stronger sanctions in doping cases.
The reason for the letter from the athletes is McLaren report where 31 Russian biathletes are mentioned.
Of the 31 Russians who are mentioned in the much talked about McLaren report is only two suspended by the IBU. There are the two that IOC has already begun doping case against. Otherwise both have added up.
IBU launched an investigation of the 29 others, but 22 of the cases have since dropped due to lack of evidence. For the seven others del ongoing investigation continued.