December 24, 2014

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) Biathlon is ending a year already tarnished by doping scandals with yet another case of drug cheating.

The sport's governing body says it has provisionally suspended an unnamed athlete as of Dec. 15, after stored blood samples reanalyzed by the World Anti-Doping Agency came back positive for EPO.

The IBU says it will reveal more details ''as soon as this is legally possible.''

Russian biathletes Ekaterina Iourieva and Irina Starykh were banned before the Sochi Olympics, and their countryman Alexander Loginov was suspended last month following retests of their samples by WADA applying new analytical methods.

Biathlon was also rocked during the Olympics in February when Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany was caught doping, while the IBU last week started investigations into alleged doping infringements by its vice president Gottlieb Taschler.

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