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Biathletes lose doping ban appeals

Updated: November 13, 2009, 9:25 AM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Russian biathletes Albina Akhatova and Yekaterina Iourieva have lost their appeal against two-year doping bans.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday upheld the bans imposed Aug. 11 by the International Biathlon Union.

Five-time Olympic medalist Akhatova and former world champion Iourieva tested positive for the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO last December at a World Cup event in Ostersund, Sweden.

The IBU suspended them from the world championships ...

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