At a press conference here in Ruhpolding Germany yesterday, the International Biathlon Secretary General Michael Geistlinger announced the following regarding positive test of biathlete Kaisa Varis of Finland, who previously sat out a two year ban in cross country.
In a Press release by the International Biathlon Union, they stated the results of the B sample (A and B samples taken on 6 Jan 2008 In Oberhof GER). The B sample was opened on 29 January with the member of the IBU medical committee Dr. Pierre Jannier who represented both the IBU and the Finnish Biathlon Association. The press release states, “The results of the B sample were announced by the IBU today, by lunch time, and confirmed the results of the A sample (see quote below re: A sample). Thus an adverse analytical finding is given. The IBU Executive Board will meet for an extraordinary meeting within 14 days from today, hear the athlete and decide the case.”
From an IBU press release dated yesterday – “During an in-competition target test, which took place on 6 January 2008 after the Mass Start Women at the IBU World Cup Oberhof an urine control was ordered which resulted in sample A-2283482.The sample was sent for analysis to the Laboratoire suisse d' Analyse du Dopage-suisse. On 21 January 2008, the IBU has been informed by this laboratory that the isoelectric profile of this sample showed the presence of recombinant EPO. This sample belonged to the Finnish biathlete Kaisa Varis, ranked 20th in this competition.”
The Finnish Biathlon association has announced that Varis will not be racing at the World Championships the second week of February in Sweden.
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