IBU Statement/Clarification

IBU Statement/Clarification

Following the still ongoing investigation of Austrian and Norwegian Criminal Police into IBU President Anders Besseberg and IBU Secretary General Nicole Resch and consequent numerous media reactions, reports and analysis, the IBU Executive Board would like to clarify some facts to avoid misunderstanding or speculation.

Between the years of 2012 and 2017 the International Biathlon Union conducted 6.354 doping tests (urine, blood, blood passport). All together there were 2.852 doping tests conducted on the competition days and 3.502 outside the competition days/off-season in the same period. Just in 2017 has the IBU conducted 1.595 test, of those 314 directly targeted Russian biathletes. 

As stipulated in the IBU Anti-Doping Rules (Art 5.1.) all testing and investigations were only undertaken for anti-doping purposes. They were also conducted in the conformity with the provisions of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations and the specific protocols of the IBU supplementing that International Standard. Samples were analyzed only in laboratories accredited or as otherwise approved by WADA.

When the IBU sends a notice to an athlete or other person asserting an anti-doping rule violation, and the athlete or other person does not waive a hearing with accordance with Article 7.10.1. or Article 7.10.2., then the case is referred to the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel (ADHP) chair who then assembles a three person panel for hearing and adjudication of the case (Art. 8.1.1.) . The IBU Executive Board appoints members to the published list of medical and legal experts who are eligible to serve as anti-doping panel members. The IBU member federations may nominate candidates  for the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel list. The chair must be a law expert (Art. 8.1.2.). The IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel is currently chaired by     Prof. Dr. Christoph Vedder    . A complete list can be found here: http://www.biathlonworld.com/about-ibu/inside-ibu/antidoping-hearing.

The IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel is currently assessing following cases: Ekaterina Glazyrina, Russia and Teja Gregorin, Slovenia.

In the aftermath of the McLaren Report 1 and McLaren Report 2 and in addition to the work of International Olympic Committee, which established two Disciplinary Commissions in July 2016 – the Oswald Commission to investigate the alleged doping violations by Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, and the Schmid Commission to address the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia - the IBU Executive Board set up a Working Group to further investigate available data related to those same events. The IBU Working Group is led by IBU external legal expert Dr. Stephan Netzle and reports regularly to the IBU Executive Board. The IBU is fully committed to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and to act shall any anti-doping rule violations occur.


The IBU will be holding a regular Congress, which is scheduled for Poreč, Croatia in Sep-tember 2018. During the Congress elections for nine positions in the IBU Executive Board – including the IBU President – will take place. The delegates from the attending National Federations will also cast their votes for the selection of the organizer of the IBU World Championships in the years of 2021 and 2023. 

Members of the IBU Executive Board do not decide on the selection of the organizer of the IBU World Championships, but only confirm IBU World Cup Calendar, which is proposed to them by the Technical Committee of the IBU. The official IBU World Cup Calendar for the season 2018/2019 does not include a competition in Russia.

IBU Press Release - IBU Clarification - 25042018