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Monday, November 15, 2010
Russia fined for biathlon doping

Associated Press

BERLIN -- The International Biathlon Union has fined Russia $68,000 for a series of doping violations.

The IBU sanctioned the Russian national federation Monday after five of its athletes were caught doping over the past year.

The IBU can fine national bodies if more than one athlete breaks doping rules in a 12-month period.

Yekaterina Iourieva, Albina Akhatova, Dimitri Yaroshenko, Andrei Prokunin and Veronika Timofeyeva all received doping suspensions.

The IBU says the Russian federation "has imposed all necessary disciplinary consequences" and taken other steps to prevent doping by its athletes in the future.