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Two Russian biathletes allowed to perform for Ukraine's team

The decision to allow Russians Yekaterina Bekh and Anastasia Rasskazova to perform for Ukraine was explained by the Russian Biathlon Union as “friendly relations between the federations of the two countries”
20:38, 13 October 2018

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Russian biathletes Ekaterina Bekh and Anastasia Rasskazova were allowed to perform for Ukrainian team. This was reported in the press service of the Russian Biathlon Union.

"Given the friendly and constructive relations between the federations, as well as the interests of the athletes, the Russian Biathlon Union allows the transfer of the above-mentioned Russian athletes to continue their sports activities as part of other national teams without applying to them a two-year restrictive term provided for in Article 9 of the Constitution of the International Biathlon Union," said in a message.

Note that the 20-year-old Rasskazova last season represented Russia at the junior IBU cup stages, and in 2016 and 2017 she participated in the world junior championships.

At the junior summer biathlon championship of Ukraine in Tysovtse Bekh won the sprint, Rasskazova was ranked fourth.

We recall that the new senior coach of the Ukrainian women's biathlon team became a Russian specialist, Andrei Prokunin.

Earlier International Biathlon Union informed that four Russian biathletes were likely to commit anti-doping violations.

The representatives of the Union did not give specific names, did not provide information concerning the alleged violations and did not indicate the events those four biathletes participated in.

Russian Biathlon Union informed that three of four accused have finished their career, and one more is not summoned to the national team.

The representatives of the Russian union added that they could name the athletes officially 14 days after they are told about the alleged violations.

According to the Russian media, Svetlana Sleptsova, former Champion among juniors, Alexander Chernyshev and Yevgeny Ustiugov, the Champion of the Olympic mass start in 2010, are among those biathletes.

Ustiugov stated on Championat.com the following: “I don’t know anything about it. Why these suspicions are announced now, four years after the career was over?”.

Earlier, Russian sportsmen performed at Olympics 2018 under a neutral flag as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided due to the doping scandal.

Related: Biathlon: Ukrainian Zhuravok won silver at IBU Cup stage

Related: Ukraine’s Sports Minister urges biathletes to boycott World Cup stage in Russia

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