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Russian Bobsleigh Federation chief discontent with doping suspension of 4 skeleton racers

December 30, 2016, 15:53 UTC+3

Russian Bobsleigh Federation disagrees with the decision and will be protecting its rights

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MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. The Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF) is discontent with the earlier announced international decision to provisionally suspend four Russian skeleton racers over alleged violations of anti-doping rules at 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, RBF President Alexander Zubkov told TASS on Friday.

"We have received information from the international federation that four Russian skeleton racers had been provisionally suspended," Zubkov said in an interview with TASS. "We are currently in intensive talks with federation’s President Ivo Ferriani."

"We disagree with this decision and we will be protecting our rights," the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation added.

The provisional suspension terms, imposed earlier in the day by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) on four Russian skeleton racers, are in force until January 19, 2017, the Russian Bobsleigh Federation said in its statement on Friday.

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.

Commenting on the decision to impose suspensions, IBSF President Ivo Ferriani said: It has been a hard time for all of us in Sports after the publication of the McLaren Report."

"The IBSF is fully committed to ensure all necessary steps will be taken to gain back the integrity of Sport - this will require joint efforts by all stakeholders," Ferriani said. "The Russian Bobsleigh Federation confirmed its full support to clarify the matter related to the allegations."

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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