No plans to retest 2014 Sochi Olympics samples: IBU

Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:52am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has not requested the retesting of samples from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the wake of a scandal that led to a ban on Russia's anti-doping authority, the governing body said on Wednesday.

IBU chief Anders Besseberg was speaking a day after his vice president, James Carrabre, had said the IBU would start retesting given recent information on systematic use of banned substances and tampering of athletes' samples in Russia.

Since a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report late last year detailing systematic and state-sponsored doping in Russia, the Moscow lab has lost its certification while Russian track and field athletes have been banned from competing.

Concerns about the Sochi 2014 Games testing laboratory have also been raised, with WADA saying in its report that the lab had been infiltrated by security services and imposed an atmosphere of "intimidation.".

"He (Carrabre) said he would like to do this (retest samples from Sochi) but you know that if it is about the Olympics we are not responsible for it (retesting)," Besseberg told Reuters in a telephone interview from Oslo.

"During the Olympics, testing is done under the supervision of the WADA and the International Olympic Committee."

The IOC is in charge of testing a few weeks ahead of the Olympics and until the end of the competitions.

International and national federations and anti-doping authorities are responsible for testing outside Olympic periods.   Continued...

A sportsman casts a shadow on a race track while training at a local stadium in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, November 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko