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

2 Russian biathletes fail doping tests

Russian Biathlon Union has emergency meeting

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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