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Russian biathletes failing more drug tests

Breaking story again in biathlon. The Russians are still in the news despite the season having just finished.

Two more Russian biathletes are alleged to have failed drug tests, for the same substance which caught three of them back in February. This time it is believed to be one man and one woman, from testing at the Russian National Championships.

According to Norwegian press sources, the positive tests have been confirmed by French testing officials.

If this is true, will the Russians actually have anyone left to compete in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics? The sad fact is that biathlon needs Russia so even if the IBU had the power to kick them out completely, it's highly unlikely they would. But every Russian biathlete from here on is massively tainted by the actions of their peers and team entourage.

The amazing part of this story is that the cheats were caught at a local event, and apparently, by a Russian agency.

Perhaps they are getting serious after all.

UPDATE - Named athletes are believed to be Andreij Prokunin and Veronika Timofeeva, not competitors that many will know. Sacrificial lambs to show that Russia are allegedly taking drug testing seriously, or to throw the IBU and WADA off the scent?

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