HASH(0xb6438c)

Police raid Kazakh biathlon team lodgings ahead of worlds

Police raid Kazakh biathlon team lodgings ahead of worlds

HOCHFILZEN, Austria — The Austrian federal criminal agency said Thursday it raided the lodgings of the Kazakh national biathlon team on the eve of the world championships on suspicion of doping.

Police said they seized medical equipment, drugs and mobile phones late Wednesday, adding that criminal authorities were investigating whether Austrian anti-doping laws have been breached.

Immediately after the raid, anti-doping officials visited the Kazakh team to conduct tests and take blood and urine samples.

Kazakhstan competed Thursday as planned in a 2×6-2×7.5-kilometre mixed relay, the opening event of the world championships. The team of Olga Poltoranina, Anna Kristanova, Maxim Braun and Yan Savitskiy finished 11th, nearly two minutes behind gold medallist Germany.

IBU general secretary Nicole Resch said there had been no reason to prevent Kazakhstan from competing.

“We fully trust the investigations by the authorities,” Resch said. “Until now, we don’t know if banned substances or banned methods are involved. Only then we can take measures.”

Police have been preparing the raid since a cardboard box was found at a nearby petrol station last month. The box contained used medical equipment, including needles, infusions and ampules, as well as written notes and accreditations to several IBU events.

Police said an investigation of the written notes led them to the Kazakh team.

The Associated Press

Just Posted

More early childhood educator positions created

Announcement in Kelowna for a new work experience project at the YMCA

Lake Country rescue held for couple stuck in snow

The couple was taking late night photos when their vehicle became stuck

Foundry linked with new youth mental health web site

New website to improve mental health and wellness for young people in B.C.

Kelowna woman only Canadian to train in Danish sailing program

A Kelowna sailor compares her life at sea to manning an old… Continue reading

Good Deeds: Family for the food bank

Taking advantage of the food banks purchasing power, funds were spent at Kelowna’s Superstore

Your Jan. 19 Morning Brief

Check out the top stories of the day in the Okanagan-Shuswap with Carmen Weld’s Black Press Morning Brief.

Letters: Peachlanders will have plenty to say at public hearing

A development proposal for Beach Ave. in Peachland, south of Kelowna, has people fired up

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

A partial listing of upcoming events in the Kelowna area

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Police seize fentanyl and other drugs from Vernon home

Five people arrested in alleged dial-a-dope operation

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Letter: Dog beach deserves nice biffy too

Kelowna letter-writer says facilities are kind of disgusting at her dog beach

Albas takes on mortgage changes in town hall

Conservative MP mostly echoed chamber of commerce concerns but sparred with one attendee on details

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Most Read