The International Biathlon Union (IBU) Vice President Olle Dahlin has said IBU is going to take a decision on the Russian athletes suspected of doping before the end of 2016.
“If someone deserves to be punished, we want this to happen as soon as possible. But everything should be done in accordance with the rules. Our decisions may then be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), so it is important that we have a legal basis. The aim is to decide before the New Year,” Dahlin said.
The IBU VP added the revelations of WADA were “saddening,” but the situation could have been even more saddening if they did not come to light.
On Thursday, IBU President Anders Besseberg said the union received the list with the names of 31 Russian athletes suspected of doping by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
WADA’s independent commission headed by Richard McLaren released the second part of the report on December 9 regarding alleged Russian doping abuse, revealing manipulations by athletes in 30 sporting disciplines.
Thereafter, IBU announced it had formed an expert working group to deal with the fresh doping allegations.