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The International Biathlon Union may consider reducing the disqualification term for Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva in September this year
The International Biathlon Union (IBU) may consider reducing the disqualification term for Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva in September this year, a spokesman for Siberia's physical culture and sport agency said Friday. In late April the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) asked the IBU to reduce her disqualification term and sent a package of documents, confirming the athlete had been actively involved in anti-doping propaganda. Pyleva, 31, who won silver in the 15k at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, was ordered last year by the main Olympic executive body to leave Italy after testing positive for a banned substance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Pyleva of her medals and banned her for two-years from international biathlon competitions. The International Biathlon Union decided later in a closed session to uphold the two-year ban for the Russian athlete. Some media sources reported that a request to reinstate Pyleva was refused at the May 19-20 IBU session in Germany, but Vadim Melekhov, a vice president of RBU, denied the allegations. "It is true that the IBU held a session on May 19-20, but due to the tight agenda of the session the issue of Pyleva was not considered," Melekhov said adding that the issue could be considered at the next session, which may take place in late August or early September. Nikolai Durmanov, the head of the anti-doping department of the Russian Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sport, said last year that Pyleva did not know she was taking a banned substance, which was prescribed by her personal doctor. Russian cross-country skiers Larisa Lazutina and Olga Danilova were also stripped of their medals and banned from participating in the sport for two years after they tested positive for doping at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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