‘Extremely concerning’: Russia’s Olympic Committee and diplomats file complaints over police raid on biathletes in Italy


Moscow diplomats and sporting officers have urged Italy to elucidate why its police barged into the rooms of Russian biathletes mere hours earlier than a world championship occasion.

The Russian Embassy in Rome demanded that Italy clarify the explanations behind police searches performed within the resort rooms of Russian athletes on Saturday. The diplomats urged native authorities to ensure all “necessary conditions” for Russians to coach and take part in worldwide tournaments within the nation.

Moscow’s Olympic Committee (OKR) requested its Italian counterpart and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) to elucidate the scenario intimately, querying whether or not Italian police had any grounds or authority to hold out the searches. The OKR referred to as the entire incident “extremely concerning.” 

Officers unexpectedly raided the rooms of biathletes Alexander Loginov and Evgeny Garanichev, in addition to Loginov’s coach Alexander Kasperovich, simply hours earlier than the race in Rasen-Antholz in South Tyrol, the place the Biathlon World Championship is happening. Police stated they have been following up on a tip in regards to the attainable use of doping.

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Loginov was banned from tournaments after testing optimistic for doping in 2013. His disqualification resulted in 2016. The 28-year-old received a gold medal after ending first in a 10km race final week. Loginov continues to be set to take part within the relay on Saturday.

Loginov continues to be set to take part within the relay. Retired Olympic bobsledder and European champion Aleksandr Zubkov advised RT that he believes the biathlete will obtain an excellent end result regardless of having acquired nerve-racking information earlier. Loginov is a “hardened, professional athlete who will do everything he can and show how well prepared he is,” Zubkov stated.

Cross-country skier Aleksey Petukhov, who took home the bronze medal on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, defined that further stress can take a toll on efficiency. However, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,” he stated, “so I hope that our boys remain strong and mobilize themselves” for the race.

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