IBU Press Release 

IBU Press Release 

Pre-Games Testing Taskforce related to Russian athletes Salzburg 29-11-2017

A Pre-Games Testing Taskforce to make recommendations for the level of testing for athletes attending the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and to support the position of clean athletes have been put together by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) supported by the International Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs).

The International Biathlon Union welcomes and supports the recommendations of
this Taskforce and will continue its efforts to ensure they are delivered within biathlon.

In February 2017, after the review of McLaren II report, the IBU included all Russian athletes into the IBU registered testing pool. They have all been tested multiple times , in the past months both by the IBU and also by RUSADA (carried out by UK Anti – Doping).

Since1 May 2017 until today (27.11.2017) IBU as Testing Authority have conducted 109 of tests on Russian Biathletes who are included in the IBU Registered Testing Pool (RTP).*

Detailed information on Samples collected:
Urine Samples: 101
ABP Samples: 98
Blood Samples: 7

Overall tests conducted by RUSADA (carried out by UK Anti - Doping) as responsible Testing Authority: 55

The IBU`s test plan for the season 2017/2018 is in full swing both, for In-Competition tests (ICT) and for Out-of-Competition tests (OOCT). Therefore, these numbers are subject to constant change.

The IBU´s test plan takes into account among other factors, whether athletes are in periods of training, competition or downtime. It considers moreover differences for ICT and OOCT as well as testing at athletes' homes, on training venues and/or competition venues. Testing is always unannounced and athletes have no forward notice of tests.

If several samples are taken in one session (this counts only as one test (for example if urine and blood are taken simultaneously)

IBU Press Release - Sending Version - 28-11-2017