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IOC bars Russian bobsledders from Olympics for life

November 29, 15:25 UTC+3

The sanctions followed an investigation by the Denis Oswald-led IOC commission

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Aleksandr Kasyanov and Aleksey Pushkaryov

Aleksandr Kasyanov and Aleksey Pushkaryov

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MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee has barred three Russian bobsledders - Aleksandr Kasyanov, Aleksey Pushkaryov and Ilvir Khuzin - from participation in the Olympic Games for life. Their results at the 2014 Sochi Olympics have been annulled, the IOC’s press-service has said.

The sanctions against Russian bobsledders followed an investigation by the Denis Oswald-led IOC commission.

In July 2016, the IOC created two commissions to scrutinize the findings produced by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) under Richard McLaren, which probed into charges of doping in Russian sports. One, led by Denis Oswald, is rechecking doping samples of participants in the 2014 Olympics. The other, chaired by Samuel Schmid, is investigating Russian Sports Ministry functionaries’ suspected complicity in concealing doping abuse by Russian athletes. On the basis of the commissions’ findings the IOC on December 5 will declare if Russia will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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