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IBSF suspends Russia’s bobsleigh federation chief, four other Russians

November 29, 14:22 UTC+3

The provisional suspension does not allow them to attend any IBSF event in any capacity, the organization said

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MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has provisionally suspended from international competitions retired Russian bobsleigh athletes Dmitrii Trunenkov, Aleksei Negodailo, Olga Stulneva, skeleton team coach Sergei Chudinov and head of Russia’s Bobsleigh Federation Alexandr Zubkov.

"In light of the decisions dated 24th and 27th November 2017 of the IOCґs Oswald Commission to disqualify former Russian Bobsleigh and Skeleton athletes from the Sochi Olympic Winter Games 2014 the IBSF has decided to impose provisional suspensions on the following persons," the IBSF said.

"All athletes are retired and will therefore not be competing in the current season. Nevertheless the provisional suspension does not allow them to attend any IBSF event in any capacity," the IBSF said.

Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) annulled the results of Zubkov, Trunenkov, Negodailo, Stulneva and Chudinov at the 2014 Sochi Olympics for violating anti-doping rules and banned them from taking part in the Olympic Games for life.

Russia’s Bobsleigh Federation sent a letter to the IBSF asking it to lift the provisional suspension of Zubkov and Chudinov until the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) considers their appeal against the decision of Oswald’s Commission.

"The participation of the federation’s chief in the IBSF events won’t influence the protocols of competitions, while at the same time his absence will significantly impede the work of the team and therefore violate the rights of clean athletes," the letter says.

The Oswald-led commission has already annulled the results and slapped with life bans 19 Russian athletes: cross-country skiers, Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Belov Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexey Petukhov, Julia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova, skeleton racers Alexander Tretyakov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna and Maria Orlova, bobsledders Alexander Zubkov and Olga Stulneva, and skate racers Olga Fatkulina and Alexander Rumyantsev, skeleton racer Sergei Chudinov, biathletes Olga Vilukhina and Yana Romanova, and bobsledders Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov.

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