RIGA – Latvian biathlete Andrejs Rastorgujevs has earned a distance of 18 months. And it was not available to anti-doping commissioners three times in one year.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the penalty given to the three-time European champion by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) for failing to correctly report his place three times in one year, thus losing doping controls.
The 33-year-old was suspended from the March portion of the World Cup in Novi Mesto na Moravi. He will now be retroactively excluded from all competitions effective July 1, 2020.
He will lose the European title
Among other things, he will lose the European title from this year’s championship in Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland, where he won the endurance race. At the February World Championships in Pokljuk, he was 15th in the sprint and 10th in the post-fighter.
Rastorgujevs missed the first doping test in October 2019 and the second in June 2020. As a sporting error, the CAS arbitrator has now evaluated the third controversial case from September 2020, when, according to the court, he did not provide sufficient information. Instead of a maximum two-year prison sentence, he was sentenced to eighteen months’ shortening.
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