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IBSF provisionally suspends four Russian skeleton athletes

November 24, 2:41 updated at: November 24, 3:41 UTC+3

On Wednesday Alexander Tretyakov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna and Maria Orlova were suspended for life for participation in the Olympic Games

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MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) provisionally disqualified Russian skeleton athletes Alexander Tretyakov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna and Maria Orlova "in light of the decisions of the IOC·s Oswald Commission," the IBSF said in a press release.

The IOC Commission, led by Dennis Oswald, is re-testing doping samples of Russian athletes from the 2014 Games on the basis of data from the investigation of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), led by Richard McLaren.

On Wednesday Tretyakov and Nikitina, by decision of the IOC Commission, were deprived of gold and bronze medals of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi for violating anti-doping rules. The athletes were suspended for life for participation in the Games. Also, the 2014 Olympic Games results of Orlova and Potylitsyna have been canceled and they are also deprived of the right to perform at the Olympic Games. In Sochi, Potylitsyna and Orlova took fifth and sixth places respectively.

On November 10, Tretyakov took third place in the first stage of the World Cup in the Lake Placid, US. On November 19, Nikitina, won the second stage of the World Cup in Park City (USA). The next stage of the Skeleton World Cup will be held in Canada’s Whistler on November 25-26.

Earlier this month, the IOC suspended six Russian cross-country skiers over doping abuse allegations. The athletes at the issue are Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Belov, Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Alexey Petukhov and Maxim Vylegzhanin. They are not allowed to take part in the next Olympics and the results they showed at the Sochi 2014 games have been canceled.

Investigation of IOC commissions

In July 2016, the IOC established two commissions to study the investigation data of an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency under the leadership of Richard McLaren. The IOC Commission, led by Dennis Oswald, is re-testing doping samples of Russian athletes from the 2014 Games. The commission led by Samuel Schmid is checking possible involvement of the officials of Russia’s Sports Ministry in possible concealment of doping violations by Russian athletes.

On December 5, on the basis of the Commissions’ investigations, the IOC will decide on participation of the Russian national team in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.

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