Russian Loginov, Ukraine's Sednev to be banned for doping

Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:59am EST
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By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Alexander Loginov and Ukrainian Sergei Sednev are to be suspended for doping, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Monday.

"The IBU Anti-Doping Hearing panel will decide about the period of ineligibility for both athletes," the body said on their official website (

Loginov, 22, who competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last year, tested positive for an unspecified banned substance on Nov. 25 and was expelled from the 2014-15 Biathlon World Cup.

Sednev, who last month announced his retirement, tested positive for banned substance EPO.

The 31-year-old won a bronze medal at the 2011 world championships.

On Monday, the Ukrainian Biathlon federation (UBF) said in a statement it had questioned Sednev, who "was not able to explain or refute the use of illegal substances".

"The athlete was given the opportunity of opening the B sample. But as Sednev had finished his career after poor results over the past seasons, he decided not to conduct the further analysis," the UBF added on its official website (

(editing by Justin Palmer)

Alexander Loginov of Russia takes part in a biathlon training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the "Laura" cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth