Olympic champion 2014 in skeleton Briton Elizabeth Yarnold announced his intention to boycott the world Cup bobsleigh and skeleton 2017 in Sochi, if the situation with doping in Russian sport will not change.
“We know that Russia could act supported by the government program of doping. I don’t want to participate in the tournament, where they can be “impure” athletes. In addition, I have concerns that Sochi with my doping sample something can happen”, – quotes the 28-year-old athlete portal Inside The Games.
The world championship in bobsleigh and skeleton held in the capital last winter Olympics from February 13 to February 26. Sochi won the right to host the world Cup 2017 in June 2013 at the Congress of the International Federation of bobsleigh and skeleton (IBSF) in Gdynia, Poland.
“We need more information, but if nothing changes before the world Cup, I do not exclude that will not be there to speak. The IOC and WADA recommended not to hold international tournaments in Russia, and that decision I will defend and maintain. I hope that the international Federation of bobsleigh and skeleton think about it,” added Yarnold.
In July of this year, the head of the independent Commission of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Richard McLaren familiarized the public with the results of his investigation, which concerned violations of anti-doping rules at the Olympic winter games of 2014 in Sochi.
McLaren announced the existence of the state-supported system of doping Russian athletes. Soon will be announced the second part of its report.