Russian Bobsledder Voevoda Banned for Life from Olympics

Written by on December 19, 2017

Russian Bobsledder Voevoda Banned for Life from Olympics

Russian bobsledder Alexey Voevoda has been given a life ban from the olympics for anti-doping violations at the Sochi Games where he won two gold medals, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday.

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The decision comes two weeks after the IOC banned Russia from next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics for what it called “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.

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The IOC, hoever left the door open for Russian athletes with a clean history of non-doping to be invited to compete in Pyeongchang as neutrals.

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The 37-year-old Voevoda, who could not immediately be reached for comment, won gold in the two-man and four-man bobsled but the IOC said he and the Russian team had been disqualified from both.

The 43-year-old Zubkov, who had denied wrongdoing, is one of more than 20 Russian athletes who have since appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

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