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Ekaterina Iourieva banned 8 years

Updated: July 18, 2014, 9:02 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Former world champion biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva of Russia has been banned for eight years for a repeat doping offense, the International Biathlon Union says.

Iourieva, 31, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test in December.

She announced her retirement in February, one month after her positive test was reported. Iourieva previously served a two-year ban for EPO use in 2009.

At the 2008 worlds, Iourieva won the 15-kilometer ...

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