IBU Secretary General explains why the word “Russia” was banned at the Biathlon World Cup

The Secretary General of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Niklas Karlsson said that the sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) do not allow the use of the full name of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) at the World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

“The interpretation of the rules can be different, we just follow the decision of the CAS. According to our understanding of this decision, Russia cannot be mentioned, which means that biathletes are performing in neutral status. That is why we decided to use the abbreviated name RBU. We have chosen this path for ourselves. This is our vision, “TASS quotes Karlsson.

According to the IBU Secretary General, his organization believes that this decision reflects the spirit of the decision taken by CAS. At the same time, other international federations, according to him, can perform it differently.

On December 16, 2020, two-year sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency came into force, which suggest a ban on the use of Russian national symbols at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

Earlier, FIS commented on the cancellation of the Norwegian KM stages.

Source: RT на русском by russian.rt.com.

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