Glazyrina Suspended for Anti-Doping violation
IBU Press Release
February 10, 2017
Subject: IBU provisionally suspends Ekaterina Glazyrina/RUS as of immediately based on McLaren Report investigation related to alleged anti-doping violation
Following the publication of the McLaren Report – Part II on 9 December, the IBU established a working group to evaluate the Report and study the available documents. It initiated specific follow-up actions in order to get more data with regard to the alleged anti-doping rule violations.
After having collected additional information and documentation, the working group came to the conclusion that an optional provisional suspension was to be implemented as several samples of the athlete may have contained prohibited substances and doping controls conducted by RUSADA may have been tampered, without limitation by manipulation of sample(s).
The Executive Board in its meeting today supported this proposal and decided to provisionally suspend Ekaterina Glazyrina with immediate effect from 10 February 2017, pending the IBU determination of whether or not the athlete has committed an anti-doping Rule violation.
The athlete and the Russian Biathlon Union have been informed about the provisional suspension accordingly. The athlete is given an opportunity for provisional hearing. The IBU will keep you updated on biathlonworld.com.
The fight against doping is omnipresent in the sport of sport. Unfortunately, there are violations against the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in almost all sports. That this is not only about individual athletes, but also the anti-doping agencies of individual nations and organizations, showed itself at the beginning of the week, when WADA three national anti-doping agencies on their list of "does not comply with the WADA code "Agencies and thus states continued. The IBU also won a ruffle for the 2021 World Championship in Tyumen.
Already in September, when it became known that the candidates from Russia would be awarded the contract for the World Cup 2021, displeasure arose in the ranks of WADA. Since the revelations about manipulations during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the accompanying McLaren report, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) is also on the list of those who are not in line with WADA's guidelines. For this reason, WADA criticized the choice of Tyumen, in particular in the face of its competitors Nove Mesto and Pokljuka. Apparently, however, there were always discussions between the committee and the applicants whether, despite the unpleasant events, it was not possible to submit the application. The "Okay" was given and Tyumen was awarded - but this can have unpleasant consequences for the IBU.
WADA accuses the IBU of failing to comply with the IOC's (International Olympic Committee) request, according to which sports federations should no longer be hosting major events in countries whose anti-doping agencies have not behaved in accordance with the rules. IBU President Anders Besseberg had defended the decision until now that the IBU had acted according to the IOC.
On December 9, WADA publishes the continuation of the McLaren report. This is to make further disclosures regarding the alleged doping abuse in Russia public. Concerning the allegations, the IBU has until 14 January to declare itself to the award of the World Cup 2021. In the worst case, the IBU could be threatened to be placed on the list of non-compliant organizations.
* The IAAF has already established its eligibility pool with regard to Russian athletes.
However, the IOC EB would like to express its appreciation for Mrs Stepanova’s contribution to the fight against doping and to the integrity of sport. Therefore the IOC invites Mrs Stepanova and her husband to the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Furthermore, the IOC is ready to support Mrs Stepanova so that she can continue her sports career and potentially join a National Olympic Committee. to add text, images, and other content
McLaren report confirms state-sponsored Russian doping at Sochi 2014
AIPS Media, 7/18/2016
McLaren report confirms state-sponsored Russian doping at Sochi 2014.
LAUSANNE, July 18, 2016 – An independent WADA- commissioned investigation has confirmed allegations that Russia conducted a state-sponsored doping system at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.
The commission report, led and presented by Canadian sports lawyer Dr. Dr Richard McLaren presented the investigation’s key findings, claiming beyond reasonable doubt that a “State-dictated failsafe system” for the protection of doped Russian athletes was in place during the Sochi Games in the Moscow and Sochi anti-doping labs. The doping system was dubbed the “Disappearing Positive Methodlogy”, with samples being swapped at a lab level.
The report also stated that Russia’s Ministry of Sport, led by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko “directed, controlled and oversaw” the manipulation of results swapping of dirty samples, with further support from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and National Center of Sports Preparation (CSP).
McLaren explained that the methodology resulted in at least 312 falsified results, spanning from 2011 through to at least the World swimming championships in Kazan in 2015. The report’s timeframe includes the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
No direct mention of the Russian National Olympic Committee was presented, which many expect will be the focus of IOC president Thomas Bach’s reaction to the report and to calls of a blanket ban on all Russian athletes ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The McLaren’s report was commissioned by WADA after allegations by former chief of Russia's national anti-doping lab Grigory Rodchenkov who had given detailed claims of his direct involvement in doping Russian athletes ahead the Games in Sochi. Rodchenkov’s claims sent shockwaves through the sporting community, especially those detailing that the Russian secret service had been involved in opening and resealing what were thought to be tamper-proof bottles and replacing “dirty” urine with clean samples.
Rodchenkov’s allegations were taken seriously as a number of random Sochi 2014 samples from as McLaren stated "protected Russian athletes" stored by the anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne were sent to the anti-doping lab in London for further inspection. McLaren confirmed that “100% of the bottles” had been found to have scratch marks around the necks and lids, a clear sign of manipulation. He added that the marks would not have been visible to the untrained eye, but were discovered under a microscope. Mclaren also confirmed Rodchenkov’s allegations of sample bottles being switched through a mousehole in the Sochi lab.
McLaren, who was a member of WADA’s initial Independent Commission investigating Russian doping in November 2015, stressed his “unwavering confidence” in the findings, adding that all of Rodchenkov’s allegations had been scientifically proven. The Canadian also insisted that his report had not been previously leaked, but that letters from the US and Canadian anti-doping agencies over the weekend calling for wholesale bans on Russian athletes had been nothing more than speculation.
McLaren and in effect, WADA have now thrown the ball directly back into the IOC and President Thomas Bach’s court. A statement from the International Olympic Committee immediately after the report said:
“The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.