International Biathlon Union Presents Criteria for Full Russian Membership
*Moscow, 15 November 2018: A senior delegation from the International Biathlon Union (IBU), led by President Olle Dahlin, met with representatives from the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) in Moscow today to disclose the conditions which the RBU must satisfy in order to be reinstated as a full member. *
The twelve criteria, set out by the IBU Executive Board, comprise: the future testing programme of Russian biathletes, the reimbursement of costs, setting up a special doping prevention programme, mandatory anti-doping education, access to the Moscow LIMS data, and full cooperation with investigations into potential past anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). In addition, RUSADA must maintain compliance with the WADA Code.
IBU President Olle Dahlin commented, “the IBU has presented clear and firm criteria for the RBU’s re-instatement which reflect the absolute necessity to protect clean athletes and guarantee a level playing field. The criteria will also ensure the RBU puts effective structures in place that will prevent the issues of the past from happening in the future.
“The IBU appreciates the constructive atmosphere in which the meetings were held and notes the RBU’s will to make progress under the leadership of President Vladimir Drachev. However, further work is required before full membership can be considered at the IBU Extraordinary Congress in 2019.
“This is a difficult situation – Russia is one of the largest biathlon nations in the world – but it is absolutely necessary to protect clean athletes and guarantee we do everything we can to ensure clean biathlon and deliver competitions athletes, fans and all stakeholders can have trust in.”
During the IBU delegation’s visit to Moscow they also met with representatives from the Russian Ministry of Sports, RUSADA and the Russian Olympic Committee.
Defining the criteria which the RBU must satisfy to regain full membership is the latest positive step taken by the IBU to enhance transparency in its anti-doping programme. Just last week a partnership with the International Testing Agency (ITA) was signed and the IBU also announced the appointment of an independent External Review Commission, chaired by leading-English lawyer Jonathan Taylor QC. The Commission will conduct a full investigation into all anti-doping, compliance, ethical and disciplinary matters as well as any matters arising from the ongoing investigation by WADA and various national and international criminal authorities.
In May, the IBU commissioned an external audit of the IBU’s Anti-Doping Programme by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO). The audit concluded the Anti-Doping Programme was of good quality but provided recommendations for operational improvements which the IBU has already begun addressing.