MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) ruled for a temporary suspension of five Russian athletes, including President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF) Alexander Zubkov, over alleged anti-doping rules’ violations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"Based on the reasoned awards issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) by which the CAS partially upheld the decision of the IOC Disciplinary Commission of 23 November 2017 the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) in accordance with the IBSF Anti-Doping Rules…, provisionally suspends the following Russian athletes and officials - Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Voevoda, Alexander Kasjanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin," the IBSF said in its statement.
"The athletes respectively officials and the Russian Bobsleigh Federation have been informed about the provisional suspension accordingly," the IBSF stated.
"The Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and confirmed by CAS constitute also ADRVs under the Anti-Doping Rules of the IBSF," the statement reads. "The IBSF is tasked with the Result Management outside of the Olympic Games. This process is fully in progress."
The world’s governing body of bobsleigh and skeleton sports also added in its statement regarding the five Russian athletes that "As soon as the Result Management has been completed the IBSF will issue further information."
Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) forwarded an official request to Russia’s former bobsledder Zubkov requesting him to return two Olympic gold medals from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Zubkov wrapped up with his sports career in 2014 and is currently holding the post of the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation. The IOC Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, announced last year that Zubkov was guilty of anti-doping rules violations.
The Oswald-led commission ruled to annul his results from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, namely the gold in the two-man’s bobsleigh event and the gold in the four-man’s bobsleigh event. The IOC commission also ordered a life-timer ban for Zubkov from all Olympic activities.
Zubkov appealed the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne and it was partly upheld as the Swiss-based court ruled against his life-time ban.