Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin said in a live broadcast of Match TV television channel that biathletes should not make hasty conclusions amid the unfolding doping scandal.

An informal meeting of biathletes was held in the German town of Oberhof on January 4. This meeting did not support the call by two-time Olympic champion, French biathlete Martin Fourcade of boycotting the World Cup Biathlon stages. Fourcade said he believed that the sanctions imposed by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on the suspects of the doping scandal were insufficient.

Shipulin remarked Fourcade opened the meeting and at first biathletes talked much with IBU Deputy Head Nicole Resch. The Russian biathlete added many issues were addressed to her on the McLaren doping report and added he understands that more questions than answers remain for most biathletes, like for us. Shipulin said he took the floor after the talk with Resch and tried to call on the biathletes not to make hasty conclusions and wait for final decisions.

Part Two of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report and its chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, revealed that more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports could have been involved in the manipulations system of concealing positive doping tests. The second part of the report claimed that doping samples of 12 Russian medalists of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi had been tampered with. It also claimed that doping tests of two more Russian athletes, who won four gold medals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics had been falsified as well.

The International Biathlon Union recently announced it had obtained a list of 31 athletes, whom the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its Independent Commission led by Canadian sports law professor McLaren suspect of doping violations. Formal investigations were opened by the IBU against the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) and 29 athletes mentioned in the report. The IBU also barred Russian female biathletes Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina from international competitions.

Yana Romanova claimed she was clean of banned performance enhancing drugs. The Russian silver Olympic medalist in biathlon said she does understand that the situation can be changed that I will have to be defending herself taking a look at the recent developments surrounding our sport, all reports, lists and blanket bans of our athletes.

In another development, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said the victory of Russian skier Sergey Ustyugov in the prestigious Tour de Ski race clearly showed to the world that any allegations of state-run doping program in Russia are groundless. Ustyugov won six out of seven stages of the event and remarked the suspension of six other Russian skiers from the race was unfair.

Mutko said the victory of Ustyugov victory is very important to us. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister said he thinks Sergey has said everything and added he is proud and glad for Sergey and for the Russian skiing sport. Mutko also commented that he showed today that all these attacks and talks about special programs have no basis.

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