The International Biathlon Union has disqualified Lithuanian biathlonist Karolis Zlatkauskas for two years for doping after prohibited substance EPO was found in his urine sample taken on 19 December.
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"The athlete has not been in contact with the national team since late January after information about his offense was received from the IBU," Arūnas Daugirdas, president of the Lithuanian Biathlon Federation, told BNS. "From that moment he shut in, perhaps wanting to distance himself from all these things. He regretted to have used supplements without consulting doctors."

Daugirdas said the absence of doctors in the national biathlon team might be one of the reasons for the incident.

"We are in a vicious circle as we have no money for doctors as there are no results, and sports officials says "no results - no money". We are trying to prove that we really can pursue high results, but winter sports are really underfunded," he said.

Zlatkauskas did not take part in the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. He has competed in the Biathlon World Cup stages since 2005 but the Lithuanian has only managed to get into the top 50 once.

He finished 90th in the men's sprint Torino Wnter Olympics in 2006.

BNS
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