IBU Press Release

IBU Press Release

IOC Sanctions Two Russian Biathletes as Part of Oswald Commission Findings

Salzburg 28 November 2017

On Monday, 27 November 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) published new decisions from the Oswald Commission hearings, which are being conducted in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping investigations. As a result, two Russian biathlon athletes, Sochi 2014 Silver medalists Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina, have been sanctioned. The decision in the case of Zaitseva was not yet been taken.

Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014, and are disqualified from the events in which they participated. In addition, the athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.


Both athletes retired meanwhile and will therefore not be competing in the upcoming season or in any qualification events. However, they were also provisionally suspended by the IBU to attend any IBU event in any capacity.

The decisions of the Oswald Commission are subject to appeal before CAS

Upon receipt of the reasoned decisions (not available by the IOC Disciplinary Commission yet), the IBU Anti-Doping Panel will consider appropriate consequences under the IBU Anti-Doping Rules.

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