Biathlon Integrity Unit Provisionally Suspends Two Athletes for Alleged Doping Offences
Anif, Austria: The Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) has provisionally suspended two Russian athletes, Ekaterina Glazyrina and Timofey Lapshin (who has been competing for Korea since 2017) for alleged anti-doping rule violations (ADRV), based on evidence that emerged as a result of the McLaren Report and information contained in the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database.
The Integrity Unit sent the two athletes notice of an asserted ADRV following its own internal investigation and an analysis of the LIMS database, together with the assistance of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Intelligence and Investigation Department.
Ekaterina Glazyrina previously served a period of ineligibility of 2 years (from 10 February 2018 until 9 February 2020), for an ADRV relating to use of a prohibited substance. Ms. Glazyrina’s initial suspension also resulted from charges based on evidence disclosed in the McLaren Report and the LIMS data.
For Timofey Lapshin, this is the first time that the athlete has been charged with an asserted anti-doping rule violation.
Pursuant to the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Integrity Code, both athletes will now be provided an opportunity to answer the charge.
The Biathlon Integrity Unit continues to conduct follow-up investigations to identify further potential ADRVs of other biathletes, based on evidence disclosed by the McLaren Report and the LIMS data.