Sochi stripped of bobsleigh world championships


Sochi has been stripped of the IBSF World Championships in the wake of 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.

And the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has made the decision to move its showpiece event from Russia to an as yet undecided new location.

A statement read: "The IBSF Executive Committee felt that during this difficult time it is prudent not to organise such an event in Russia. This decision was made for two primary reasons:

"First: to allow athletes and coaches from all Nations to participate in a competition that focuses on sport rather than accusations and discussions - whether justified or not. 

"Second: The Russian Bobsleigh Federation has put a great effort in the preparation of the World Championships, but the current climate would make it nearly impossible to appreciate the efforts of the Organising Committee to host a great event or the quality of the Sanki Sliding Center as one of the best tracks in the World. 

"Having stated that, the IBSF asks all Members and athletes for Fair Play and Respect, which also includes the assumption of innocence for any athlete, regardless of national affiliation, until proven guilty."

Latvia's skeleton team had previously vowed to boycott the event.