Russian Olympic biathlon champion loses Sochi doping case

GENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic biathlon champion Olga Zaitseva has lost her appeal against disqualification from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for her part in Russia’s state-backed doping program. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges upheld the International Olympic Committee’s disciplinary ruling of 2017. It used evidence against Zaitseva from Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov. Zaitseva’s disqualification from all her Sochi events strips Russia of its silver medal in the women’s biathlon 4×6-kilometer relay. She will retain her gold medals from the same relay event at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Two of Zaitseva’s relay teammates at Sochi, Olga Vilukhina and Yana Romanova, won their appeals. Vilukhina regains her silver medal in the 7.5-kilometer individual sprint.