MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. The Russian national bobsleigh and skeleton teams will skip this year’s training camp in China after the Olympic ice track at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre had been closed for an indefinite period of time, Anatoly Pegov, the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF), told TASS on Monday.
"Following the organization of the Winter Olympic Games, China vied to host stages of the World Cup, but, according to the information that I have, it would be impossible during the upcoming season," Pegov said.
"This track is currently not in use, no competitions or training sessions are currently being held there," he said in response to whether the Russian national team plans to go to a training camp in China before the end of the year.
"The track in China is the most modern in the world, but I believe that it can be in demand only if it is used simultaneously with the tracks in Japan’s Nagano and South Korea’s PyeongChang," he said
"If China remains a sole host for upcoming competitions then the price tag to participate there would skyrocket in terms of logistics," Pegov added.
The track in Beijing’s Yanqing served as the venue for the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton competitions within the framework of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.
The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing were held between February 4 and 20, while the Paralympic Winter Games took place from March 4-13. Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Olympics and Paralympics in a tight race, beating Kazakhstan’s Almaty in 2015, by chalking up 44 votes against its rival’s 40.
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) national team finished the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China 9th in medal count having won six gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze medals (32 in total).