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Biathlon Canada to boycott Russian events because of doping scandal

Biathlon Canada will not be competing in IBU cup and World Cup events in Russia which are scheduled for March.

Organization wants March competitions moved to new location

On Friday, Biathlon Canada announced that it will be boycotting Russian events in March because of the country's ongoing doping scandal. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Biathlon Canada will not be competing in IBU Cup and World Cup events in Russia scheduled for March in protest of the state-sponsored doping scandal in the country.

In a statement released on Friday, the organization, says that Russia's biathlon federation should not be permitted to host the events in the wake of the IOC's decision to ban the country from participating in the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Biathlon Canada informed the IBU of its decision earlier this month in an effort to have the scheduled events moved to a new location.

The organization believes that keeping the events in Russia poses "great damage" to the sport because of that country's status as a doping offender that has yet to acknowledge wrongdoing and continued non-compliance with requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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