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Austria announces doping probe into Russian biathlon team

AFP  |  Vienna 

Austrian prosecutors announced Thursday that members of Russia's team are being investigated over alleged doping offences dating back to the World Championships in 2017 in the Austrian town of

Preliminary proceedings have been launched against five biathletes for "serious deception in connection with doping" and against five support staff for "use of forbidden substances or methods for the purpose of doping", anti-corruption prosecutors confirmed in a statement.

The Russian Federation said had visited members of the team -- currently in again for a stage of the -- on Wednesday and had questioned several "Russian athletes and specialists".

"The national team will continue its participation in the World Cup," the federation added in a statement.

Some of the athletes concerned took to to react to the accusations. Biathlete Evgeniy Garanichev, a bronze medallist at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, said: "I am on the list of people suspected of breaking anti-doping rules!! Another scandal!!! We are clean...

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First Published: Thu, December 13 2018. 17:25 IST