Irina Starykh banned two years
MOSCOW -- Russian biathlete Irina Starykh has been banned for two years for doping, the International Biathlon Union says.
Starykh had been considered a medal contender for February's Sochi Olympics, but Russia withdrew her from its team after she tested positive for banned substance EPO in an out-of-competition test conducted Dec. 23.
Starykh's two-year ban runs through Dec. 23, 2015, the IBU said in a website statement. All of her results after testing positive are invalid.
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