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Biathlon champ, teammates barred

Updated: February 13, 2009, 10:03 AM ET
Associated Press

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Biathlon world champion Yekaterina Iourieva and two Russian teammates were barred from the world championships after testing positive for banned substances.

Follow-up tests confirmed positive results for Iourieva and teammates Albina Akhatova and Dmitri Yaroshenko, the International Biathlon Union said Friday.

"We are facing systematic doping on a large scale in one of the strongest teams of the world," IBU president Anders Besseberg told reporters on the ...

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