Latvian skeleton team boycott Sochi world championships

Latvia's skeleton team have chosen to boycott the world championships in Sochi following the latest revelations in the Russian doping scandal.

Part two of the McLaren report was released on Friday, alleging that over 1000 Russian athletes were implicated in state-sponsored doping that took place from 2011 to 2015.

Professor Richard McLaren, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, sent shock waves through the sporting world last July with his initial findings, which detailed widespread doping.

In revealing his updated findings, McLaren labelled Russia's actions as "a cover-up that dates back to at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Winter Olympic games".

The world championships for bobsled and skeleton are due to be held at the Olympic track in Sochi in February.

But Latvia's team say they will not compete at "a place where Olympic spirit was stolen".

A statement from the team read: "We say enough is enough.

"While our international federation is still going to: "read and digest the report", we will do what we can - we will be glad to race in World Championships at any track of the world, but we are not participating in World Championships in Sochi, Russia - a place where Olympic spirit was stolen in 2014."

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