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Four Russian skeleton athletes provisionally suspended on doping allegations

December 30, 2016, 14:12 UTC+3

The athletes have been suspended in regard to the alleged violations of anti-doping rules during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced on Friday its decision to impose provisional suspensions on four Russian skeleton racers in regard to the alleged violations of anti-doping rules during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"The IBSF has been informed by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that investigations into alleged anti-doping rule violations in connection with the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi have been opened," the statement from the IBSF said. "The IBSF… therefore provisionally suspends four Russian Skeleton athletes as of 30 December 2016."

"The athletes and the Russian Bobsleigh Federation have been informed about the provisional suspension accordingly," the statement added.

Russian skeleton racers won two medals at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi - Alexander Tretiakov clinched gold and Yelena Nikitina brought the bronze for the national team. In all, six Russian skeleton racers were on the roster of the national team during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Six Russian cross country skiers, including 2014 Olympic Champion Alexander Legkov, were also subjected to provisional suspensions earlier in the month by their relevant international federation, FIS, since the bottles with their urine samples from 2014 Sochi had been allegedly tampered with.

According to the Part 2 report, delivered over 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 said 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.

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