Doping is called a systemic problem of Russian sports

Doping is called "systemic problem" Russian sports President of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), Anders Besseberg called doping "systemic problem" of Russian sport. Besseberg said that in recent years in Russia were disqualified whole groups of athletes, not only in the biathlon, but also in other sports, the magazine writes, "Soviet Sport". [Cut] IBU President made the statement in response to a question about Russian biatlonistakh Catherine St. George, Albina Akhatova and Dmitri Yaroshenko those caught on the use of erythropoietin (EPO). Besseberg recalled cases of doping Russian athletes and teams of rowers, noting that "the implications of this are not done at all." Besseberg added that during the 2006 Olympics in Turin in the use of illicit drugs has been convicted Carphedon biathlete Olga Pyleva (currently — Medvedtseva), and six months later, the same substance found in the body of another biathlete Natalia Burdyga. As for St George, Akhatova and Yaroshenko, then, according to Besseberg, their period of disqualification will depend largely on the position of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU), and the athletes themselves. IBU President stressed that the punishment may be mitigated if biathletes will help "to identify the source of income of doping."

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