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The flag of the International Biathlon Unification (IBU) is seen outside its secret headquarters in Salzburg, Austria, April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) reported on Thursday that four Russian biathletes have allegedly committed anti-doping violations, but did not reveal their identities.

The IBU did not present any additional information regarding the claimed offences nor did it know the events in which the four biathletes received competed.

The Russian Biathlon Union said that three of the four biathletes recognized by the IBU had retired, and this one was not currently about the national team.

Earlier this year Austrian law enforcement officials raided the IBU headquarters as part of a search into the organization’s leadership which had been linked to doping issues.

A string connected with doping scandals have rocked Russian sport in recent years and shaped the country’s relations by using international sports bodies.

Russia had been banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Video games as punishment for alleged state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

However, some Russian language athletes with no history of doping ended up being cleared to compete since neutrals.

Russia has denied state-sponsored doping and has promised to curb usage of blocked performance-enhancing substances.

The country’s athletics federation, it has the anti-doping agency RUSADA and its Paralympic Committee keep on being suspended by international donning bodies over doping allegations.

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