Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) President Vladimir Drachev has admitted "a number of countries" are opposed to the nation being reinstated as a full member of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) but claimed they had met all the required conditions.
International Biathlon Union (IBU) officials are gathering in the Croatian resort of Poreč to elect only the second President in the history of the organisation as the embattled governing body prepares to stage a Congress seen as vital to its long-term future.
A proposal by Russian Alexander Tikhonov will be put forward at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Congress for the membership to reject the two Presidential candidates after he claimed neither Baiba Broka nor Olle Dahlin were deserving of the position.
Russia was reduced to the status of a provisional, non-voting member of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on December 10 of last year. Yet it remains central to the prospects and fortunes of this beleaguered international sports federation which has, in the space of the last three years, plumbed depths unmatched - as yet - by any other.
Broka accuses Dahlin of "personal attacks" as denies any Russian influence in her campaign for IBU Presidency
International Biathlon Union (IBU) Presidential candidate Baiba Broka has accused Swedish challenger Olle Dahlin of personal attacks and dirty tactics as she dismissed rumours of any undue influence from Russia in her campaign.
Liam Morgan: Fears Russian interference in IBU election could send wrong message from sport trying to clean itself up
If elections in the murky world of sports politics were won on paper, there is little doubt who the next President of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) would be.