Biathlon Integrity Unit Suspends two Biathletes

FasterSkierSeptember 24, 2020


Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Glazyrina, Olga Vilukhina, and Irina Starykh celebrate their IBU World Cup biathlon relay victory in Ruhpolding, Germany in January 2014. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

The Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) announced on Thursday that Russian biathletes Ekaterina Glazyrina and Timofey Lapshin were provisionally suspended. According to the BIU, Lapshin has been competing for Korea since 2017.

Both Lapshin and Glazyrina are accused of violating anti-doping rules (ADRV). The evidence used to hand down the provisional suspensions came from information included in the McLaren Report and data from the Moscow Lab’s data (LIMS) handed over to WADA in 2019.

The BIU states this is Lapshin’s first violation. The IBU website indicates Lapshin has earned six career IBU World Cup podiums: two wins, a single second place, and three third-place efforts.

Glazyrina served a two-year ban from competition beginning in February 2018. She was allowed to compete again in 2020. This competition ban resulted from using a banned substance.

Glazyrina has five IBU World Cup podiums: two second-place finishes, and three thirds.

Under the International Biathlon Union Integrity Code, both athletes have an opportunity to respond to the BIU’s sanction.


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