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Zubkov: silver medal of skeleton racer Tregubov is highly important for Russian sport now

November 26, 4:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"Tregubov performs and shows our strengths in a sport competition, rather than in some dialogues", said President of the Bobsleigh Federation of Russia

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Russian Bobsleigh Federation head Alexander Zubkov

Russian Bobsleigh Federation head Alexander Zubkov

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MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The silver medal won by Russian skeleton racer Nikita Tregubov at the World Cup race in Whistler (Canada) is a decent response to attacks against the Russian sport, President of the Bobsleigh Federation of Russia Alexander Zubkov told TASS.

Tregubov won the silver medal at the skeleton World Cup race in Canada’s Whistler. Yun Sungbin from the Republic of Korea won gold. Tomass Dukurs from Latvia was third.

"This silver medal is highly important for all of us in the current situation. Nikita’s success has become a clear evidence that difficulties only fortify strong athletes," Zubkov said. "Tregubov performs and shows our strengths in a sport competition, rather than in some dialogues. This is the sport principle our team always follows," he added.

It was reported earlier the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has provisionally suspended four Russian skeleton athletes - Aleksandr Tretiakov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna and Mariia Orlova - in line with Wednesday’s decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commission chaired by Denis Oswald.

By now, IOC has barred 14 Russian athletes (skiers Alexander Legkov, Yevgeny Belov, Alexei Petukhov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Yulia Ivanova, Yevgenia Shapovalova, skeleton racers Alexander Tretyakov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna, Maria Orlova, bobsledders Alexander Zubkov, Olga Stulneva and skate racers Olga Fatkulina and Alexander Rumyantsev) from participation in the Olympic Games for life on charges of alleged violations of anti-doping rules at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and annulled their Olympic results.

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