Report claims IBU’s Resch covered up Russia’s doping offenses to Ustyugov at Sochi Olympics – sport
MOSCOW, January 28. / TASS /. / TASS /. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) External Review Board (ERC) headed by Jonathan Taylor concluded that former IBU General Secretary Nicole Resch was complicit in covering up doping violations committed by Russian biathlete Evgeny Ustyugov at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, according to the commission report. published by the IBU.
The report noted that abnormally high levels of hemoglobin had been detected in Ustyugov’s doping sample taken on February 16, 2014, requiring additional testing which could only be commissioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). at the request of the IBU. As a result, his February 16 doping sample was marked as invalid in the ADAMS testing system, but the IBU did not request further testing, choosing to send only a letter to the Sochi lab regarding invalid sample.
According to Resch, she requested the IOC’s help in determining the reason for the invalid status of Ustyugov’s sample, but the commission was unable to find evidence of such a request. Rather, the ERC identified that Resch did not raise the issue at IBU executive committee meetings in Sochi.
News of Ustyugov’s invalid sample broke in October 2015 following an audit ordered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when it discovered 10 doping samples from Russian biathletes marked as invalid. WADA subsequently identified that there was no reason to declare these samples invalid, which triggered further investigation of Ustyugov.
At the end of October 2020, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS ADD) found Ustyugov guilty of an anti-doping rule violation and annulled his results between January 24, 2010 and the end of the 2013/14 season. This means Ustyugov can be forfeited his mass start gold medal and relay bronze medal at the Vancouver Olympics as well as the relay gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. Ustyugov appealed the decision of the CAS ADD to the Swiss Federal Court.