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MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Canada’s Quebec City will host the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Final 2017 instead of Russia’s Tyumen, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said in a press statement on Sunday.
The Russian Ski Federation (RSF) said earlier it had decided to refuse from hosting the 2017 FIS World Cup finals, scheduled to be held in the Western Siberian city of Tyumen on March 16-19, in the wake of a doping scandal.
"FIS is pleased to announce that the organiser of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Final 2017 will be Que·bec City (CAN) from 17th - 19th March 2017," FIS said. "FIS had several weeks of consultations with four National Ski Associations that expressed interest in taking over the upcoming World Cup Final and would like to express gratitude to all for their commitment to Cross-Country Skiing and their interest in taking over the Cross-Country World Cup Final." Among other contenders were Sweden’s Ostersund and Norway’s Trondheim.
According to Part Two report, delivered early last month 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.
Following the release of McLaren’s Part Two report, a number of international competitions have been relocated from Russia.