LAUSANNE:   A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency claims that International Biathlon Federation competition has been the subject of an attempted corruption by Russia.

The operation, as reported by Le Monde, suggests  a similar pattern to the scandal within the former regime in athletics in which a sport’s leaders were accused of accepting bribes to cover cases of doping in Russian sport.

WADA’s investigation division studid events within the IBU and then progressed the work with the Austrian and Norwegian authorities and Interpol.

Raids were then undertaken by police in Austria and Norway. The IBU offices in Salzburg were raided on Tuesday as were premises in Norway, the home country of IBU president Anders Besseberg who has resigned today.

A statement from WADA, that it took the allegations “extremely seriously”, was matched by the suspension of the IBU’s  German secretary-general Nicole Resch.

The WADA investigation was reportedly prompted by new information from Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian whistleblower and former director of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory now in hiding in the United States.

According to Le Monde , the IBU sent profiles of suspected biathletes to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and ensured clearance for doped Russians.

Also under investigation is the IBU’s award of the World Biathlon Championships in 2021 to Russia.

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