On Saturday, Russian biathletes Alexander Loginov and Evgeny Garanichev were subjected to a search by Italian police who broke into their hotel room and seized Loginov’s personal belongings as part of an investigation into possible use of doping.

READ MORE: ‘Anti-doping officer personally initiated police raid without IBU authorization’ – Russian biathlon head Vladimir Drachev

Police officers were reportedly acting on a tip-off from an IBU official who triggered the raid.

The head of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) Vladimir Drachev revealed that the investigation was initiated by interim Anti-Doping Manager Sarah Fussek-Hakkarainen who acted without permission of the IBU.

IBU head Dahlin confirmed to RT that he was not behind the police raid which left the entire Russian team in a state of shock.

I had information from Russian media today at eight o’clock, this was my first information about this raid,” Dahlin told RT.

I can’t comment on this because I don’t have information. We have an Integrity Unit that is handling all the integrity questions. The information will be updated today, now I want to focus on the race. We can speak later about it, I’m fully transparent,” he added.

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