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Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championship relocated from Russia to Germany

December 19, 2016, 13:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The 2017 IBSF World Championship was scheduled to be held at the Sochi Olympic facilities

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MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Championship will be held in Germany’s Konigsee, the IBSF press service announced.

"Following the recent decision by the IBSF Executive Committee to move the IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships 2017 the IBSF had to select the location for the new host," the federation said in its statement. " <…> The IBSF selected Konigsee, Germany."

Early last week, the IBSF its decision to relocate the 2017 World Championship from the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi to another venue, which was to be determined in the following days. The IBSF decision followed announcements of some countries on their intention to boycott the event in Russia.

The international federation explained its decision to relocate the championship in order to give the possibility of taking part in the tournament for all athletes and coaches instead of holding the event amid ungrounded speculations.

The 2017 IBSF World Championship was scheduled to be held at the Sochi Olympic facilities between February 13 and 26. The calls for the boycott of the championship in Russia followed the recent report delivered by an independent panel of specialists from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

According to the Part 2 report, delivered less than two weeks ago in London by the WADA Independent Commission and its chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports could have been involved in the manipulations system to conceal positive doping tests.

McLaren’s Part Two report claimed in particular that doping samples of 12 Russian medalists of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi had been tampered with. In addition, doping tests of two more Russian athletes, who won four gold medals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics had been falsified as well.

The report did not mention particular names and McLaren later told TASS that the decision against making public the names of athletes, who are allegedly guilty of doping abuse, was made in respect to their private life, and, moreover, it should be done by international sports federations and not him personally.

Following the report, the Latvian and South Korean national bobsleigh and skeleton teams announced their decision to boycott the championship in Russia’s Sochi. The Austrian Bobsleigh Federation announced that it might also boycott the event in Russia, while the German Olympic Committee proposed to relocate the tournament and offered their facilities as the new venue for the championship.

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