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IBU President Besseberg steps down after police raid

International Biathlon Union (IBU) President Anders Besseberg has stepped down after police raided the federation’s headquarters in Salzburg.

Austrian prosecutors are investigating biathlon’s world governing body for potential doping offences.

The search has been carried out by Austrian criminal police apparently acting on a tipoff that doping cases had allegedly been covered up.

The IBU confirmed on Thursday that the Norwegian, who has been serving as the only president in the organisation’s 25-year history, ”is stepping down from his position as long as the investigation is ongoing.”

“It is related to some doping issues, that we have not have not been following up on suspicions blood samples and such matters,” Besseberg told Reuters.

The IBU board also suspended general secretary Nicole Resch.

The Austrian Klaus Leitner will serve as acting IBU president.

The heart of the matter

According to the prosecutor’s office, the alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2017 when the World Championships were held in Hochfilzen, Austria.

Additional searches have also been conducted in Norway and Germany.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it has ”full confidence in the authorities to deal with this issue.”

The 72-year-old Besseberg announced last week that he would not stand for re-election.

In their statement, the IBU said they are fully co-operating with the investigation and are “committed to operating under the highest standards of good governance and transparency.”

 

 

 

 

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