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IOC requests three Russian bobsledders to return Sochi gold medals

Voevoda is expected to return two Olympic golds as the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the IOC Disciplinary Commission’s decision to disqualify him for anti-doping violations
Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Nepodailo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Voevoda Sergey Fadeichev/TASS
Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Nepodailo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Voevoda
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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has requested Russian bobsledders Alexey Voevoda, Alexei Negodailo and Dmitry Trunenkov return the gold medals they won at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the IOC press service told TASS.

Voevoda is expected to return two Olympic golds as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the IOC Disciplinary Commission’s decision to disqualify him for anti-doping violations. The IOC had also issued bans for Negodailo and Trunennkov but they were acquitted by CAS.

"The IOC has already requested the return of the medals from all the 11 Russian athletes who had their Anti-Doping Rule Violations from the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and from the teammates in their team events," the IOC said.

The IOC earlier requested retired Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, who currently heads the Russian Bobsleigh Federation, return two Olympic gold medals from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

In February, CAS upheld appeals by 28 Russian athletes who had received Olympic life bans from the International Olympic Committee IOC over alleged anti-doping violations during the 2014 Sochi Games, while appeals filed by another 11 Russian athletes were upheld partially. Among the 11 athletes are bobsledders Alexander Kasyanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin, cross-country skiers Julia Ivanova, Yuliya Chekalyova and Anastasia Dotsenko, as well as ice hockey players Galina Skiba, Anna Shibanova and Inna Dyubanok, who did not win medals at the Sochi Olympics.