Belarus may replace Tyumen as IBU World Cup Biathlon 2017 host

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Belarus may replace Tyumen as IBU World Cup Biathlon 2017 host

Russia's Tyumen may be stripped of the IBU World Cup Biathlon because of the doping scandal, reported the TV channel Belarus 5, which is cited by the sports newspaper Pressball.

As stated by the TV channel, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) has compiled a list of possible candidates to replace Tyumen. A Belarusian biathlon complex is on the list.

SEE: Raubichi sports complex

WADA accuses 31 Russian biathletes of doping. The relevant list was handed over to the IBU. Some of them have been disqualified or have completed their career, but there are people who continue to participate in international competitions.

French biathlon veteran Martin Fourcade called on boycotting the competition if dishonest Russian biathletes are not held accountable.

"Hopefully, the IBU have the courage to punish them. If there are no consequences for those Russians who are to blame, I will call on the partners and competitors not to participate in the World Cup."

His idea was supported by Gabriela Koukalová. "I just want to be honest in sport and life," added Koukalová.