SALZBURG, Austria — Russia is set to lose a biathlon gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in a new doping case.
The International Biathlon Union has issued a two-year ban for Evgeny Ustyugov, citing evidence he used the banned steroid oxandrolone. He was part of the gold medal-winning men's relay team six years ago. His results from the 2013-14 season have been disqualified, including the Olympic victory.
The IBU also announced a similar two-year sanction for Russian Svetlana Sleptsova over the banned substance ostarine. She didn't win any medals at Sochi.
The agency said Ustyugov and Svetlana will have to pay for the costs and expenses related to the proceedings. The athletes have 21 days to appeal the decision.
The World Anti-Doping Agency announced in December it is imposing a 4-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem, and team names during sports events. That means for the second and third straight Olympics, Russia will not officially be represented even though its athletes can compete.
WADA investigators and the International Olympic Committee said several months ago that there is evidence to show that Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide hundreds of potential doping cases and falsely shift the blame onto whistleblowers.
During the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Russian athletes competed under the Olympic flag and heard the Olympic theme if they won a gold medal. They were announced as the "Olympic Athletes from Russia." A similar scenario now appears likely for not only the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.