Biathlon

Russian biathlete handed eight-year doping ban despite retiring in February

By Nick Butler

Ekaterina Iourieva has been handed an eight-year ban after the second failed drugs test of her career ©AFP/Getty ImagesDisgraced biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva has been handed an eight-year ban after a second doping offence earlier this year, although the Russian had anticipated a hefty suspension by announcing her retirement in February.

First athlete to test positive at Sochi 2014 handed two-year ban

By Nick Butler

German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, the first athlete to test positive during Sochi 2014, has been handed a two-year doping ban, along with Irina Starych of Russia ©AFP/Getty ImagesGermany's double Olympic gold medal-winning biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, the first athlete to fail a drugs test at Sochi 2014, has been handed a two-year doping suspension by the International Biathlon Union (IBU), while an identical ban has been awarded to former Russian champion Irina Starych.

Prokhorov to stand down as head of Russian Biathlon Union after "failing" at Sochi 2014

By Nick Butler

Mikhail Prokhorov is standing down from his post as head of the Russian Biathlon Union ©Getty ImagesApril 24 - Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov is standing down from his post as head of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) after the squad failed to hit medals target he set for them at Sochi 2014.

International Biathlon Union sign four-year media rights deal with EBU

By Zjan Shirinian

The EBU has the media rights to dozens of events, including 36 Biathlon World Cups, as part of the new four-year deal ©Getty ImagesApril 4 - The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has extended its unbroken media rights deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for another four years.

Russian biathlete Starykh faces ban after B sample tests positive for EPO

By Nick Butler

Irina Starykh faces a two-year ban after a positive B sample following her original failed test in January ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 8 - Russian biathlete Irina Starykh faces a two-year ban from the sport after her B sample tested positive for the banned drug erythropoietin (EPO).

Record medal winner Bjørndalen to continue biathlon career for two more years

By Nick Butler

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will continue his illustrious biathlon career until 2016 ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 4 - Norway's record Winter Olympic medal winner Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reversed his retirement plans and vowed to carry on his remarkable career until the 2016 World Championships in Oslo.

Biathlete Iourieva retiring rather than face life ban after second positive test

By Nick Butler

Ekaterina Iourieva has announced her retirement after recording a second positive test last month ©AFP/Getty ImagesFebruary 28 - Russia's disgraced biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva is retiring from the sport rather than face a life ban after recording the second positive test of her career last month.

Starykh removed from Russian Olympic biathlon team after positive drugs test confirmed

By Nick Butler

Irina Starych has been removed from the Russian team after her positive test was confirmed ©AFP/Getty ImagesJanuary 31 - Irina Starykh has been removed from Russia's Olympic biathlon team for Sochi 2014 following confirmation of a positive drugs test.

Member of Russian Sochi 2014 team reportedly among three biathletes to fail drugs tests

By Nick Butler

Irina Starykh has enjoyed superb form on the IBU World Cup circuit this season after several years in the wilderness ©Getty ImagesJanuary 29 - Irina Starykh, the reigning European champion selected for the Russian Olympic team, is reportedly among three biathletes who have failed drugs tests.
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