Koenigssee replaces Sochi as World Championships hosts

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Koenigssee will stage the IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships in February after Sochi lost the event due to the Russian doping scandal.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) decided to move the competition from the 2014 Winter Olympics host city following the publication of the second and final instalment of the McLaren report this month.

In excess of 1000 Russian athletes were alleged to have been implicated in state-sponsored doping that took place from 2011 to 2015.

Less than two months before the start of the World Championships, the IBSF revealed the leading bobsleigh and skeleton athletes on the planet will now be heading to Germany.

An IBSF statement said: "The IBSF was very impressed by the solidarity and commitment shown immediately by the IBSF race organisers to support this effort in any possible way and would like to express its gratitude for it.

"Most of the teams will be racing in Europe on the BMW IBSF World Cup Series just prior to participating in the BMW IBSF World Championships. Therefore, a European track was prioritised."

The event gets under way on February 13.