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IOC urges Russian bobsledder Zubkov to return Olympic gold of 2014 Sochi Games

December 06, 18:14 UTC+3

Zubkov decided to quit sports career in 2014 and is currently holding the post of the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation

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Alexander Zubkov

Alexander Zubkov

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MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has forwarded an official request to Russia’s former bobsledder Alexander Zubkov requesting him to return two Olympic gold medals from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the IOC press service announced to TASS on Thursday.

"For the IOC what counts is the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has not been appealed. For this reason the IOC has already requested the return of the medals.

Zubkov wrapped up with his sports career in 2014 and is currently holding the post of the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation. The IOC Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, announced last year that Zubkov was guilty of anti-doping rules violations.

The Oswald-led commission ruled to annul his results from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, namely the gold in the two-man’s bobsleigh event and the gold in the four-man’s bobsleigh event. The IOC commission also ordered a life-timer ban for Zubkov from all Olympic activities.

Zubkov appealed the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne and it was partly upheld as the Swiss-based court ruled against his life-time ban.

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