MOSCOW, April 21 (RIA Novosti) - The International
Biathlon Union (IBU) is to hold a hearing on May 8-10 into the
case of three Russian biathletes who tested positive for doping
World champion Ekaterina Iourieva, three-time world
champion Albina Akhatova and two-time relay world champion
Dmitri Yaroshenko were suspended from the world championships
in South Korea after their blood-samples were found to contain
the Russian version of the banned substance EPO.
The allsports.ru website on Monday quoted Yelena Anikina,
the Russian Biathlon Union's executive director, as saying that
the hearing would take place in Austria's Salzburg.
"Recently, decisions on doping cases have been made not by
the IBU's executive committee, but by a special commission,
formed in January," Anikina said.
If the commission finds the athletes guilty of doping they
could miss the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and 2014 Olympics in