Biathlon

The Associated Press - Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014 12:24 ET

2 Russian biathletes fail doping tests

Russian Biathlon Union has emergency meeting

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Anders Besseberg, president of the International Biathlon Association, informed the IOC that two Russian biathletes have been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a doping substance. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Two Russian biathletes have been provisionally suspended after tested positive for a doping substance in cases announced the week before the Sochi Olympics opens.

The International Biathlon Union says four positive tests were obtained in samples given by a total of three athletes from Russia and Lithuania. The governing body did not identify the athletes or substance involved.

The Russian Biathlon Union says its anti-doping committee was having an emergency meeting Wednesday to investigate the case.

Biathlon's world body says its anti-doping panel will judge the cases.

The IBU says in a statement it informed the IOC "due to the upcoming Olympic Winter Games."

In 2010, the IBU fined the Russian federation 50,000 euros (then $68,000) after five athletes were caught doping within one year.

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