Russian Biathlete To Be Stripped Of Sochi Winter Olympics Gold Medal

A Russian biathlete will be stripped of his 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gold medal after being found guilty of doping violations, according to the International Biathlon Union (IBU) website.

The IBU said in the February 15 posting that Yevgeny Ustyugov had used the banned substance oxandrolone. It also said Ustyugov was barred from competing for two years, although he retired from competition shortly after the Sochi games.

Ustyugov, together with Aleksei Volkov, Dmitry Malyshko and Anton Shipulin, won the gold medal in the men’s relay biathlon at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

The issue of Russian doping tipped biathlon into chaos in April 2018 when Austrian police raided the IBU headquarters and the organization’s longtime president, Anders Besseberg, stepped down.

Prosecutors allege an estimated $300,000 in bribes was paid to cover up Russian doping cases over several years.

Last December, Russia was slapped with a four-year ban from international sports events, including this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete neutrally if they can prove they are clean competitors.