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MOSCOW, January 8. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) passed an objective decision when it lifted provisional suspension of four Russian skeleton athletes, Russian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of sports, tourism and youth policy Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) said it had lifted provisional suspension of Elena Nikitina, Maria Orlova, Olga Potylitsyna, and Aleksandr Tretiakov.
"Well, if we rely on the legal framework, on objectivity, other federations are bound to take similar decisions. We are confident in our team. We have been working under the supervision of the UK anti-doping agency for a year already, so, I think the decision of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is objective," Mutko said.
President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation Alexander Zubkov told TASS earlier that the four Russian skeleton athletes will take part in the Winterberg European Cup event on January 14-15.
The four Russian athletes were provisionally (till January 19) suspended from competitions over suspected violations of anti-doping rules during the 2014 Olympic Games.
According to the Part Two report delivered on December 9 in London by the World Anti-Doping Agency (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 the 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.