Russia to lose 2021 biathlon worlds if Sochi retests betray
VIENNA (AP) The International Biathlon Union says it will strip Siberian venue Tyumen from its right to host the 2021 world championships if Russian biathletes fail doping retests of samples taken at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
IBU President Anders Besseberg says ''it's possible without problem'' to reallocate the hosting rights if more Russian doping infringements surface following the revelation of an alleged state-backed doping plot at the Sochi Games.
The IBU Congress last weekend elected Tyumen to host the competition despite a recent IOC recommendation to all winter sport federations to ''freeze their preparations for major events in Russia'' and find host cities in other countries.
Besseberg says the IOC recommendation from July didn't apply to the 2021 biathlon worlds as its host bidding process had already started.