Lithuanian biathlete admits doping

Updated: February 9, 2014, 3:57 AM ET
Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The International Biathlon Union says a Lithuanian biathlete who tested positive for a banned substance last year has admitted to doping.

The IBU said Sunday that Karolis Zlatkauskas waived his right to have his B sample tested and apologized "to the whole biathlon family for his actions." It said his urine sample from an out-of-competition test on Dec. 19, 2013, showed traces of the blood-booster EPO.

Zlatkauskas, who is not at the Sochi Games, has competed on the World Cup since 2005, finishing in the top 50 only once. In his only Olympic start, he was 88th in the men's sprint at the 2006 Turin Games. The IBU, which is based in Austria, said a hearing will be held soon to decide his ban.

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