Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships to Be Relocated Amid Boycott

  • By Oh Yu-kyo

    December 15, 2016 10:41

    The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton world championships supposed to be held in early next year was relocated amid a boycott by athletes. The championships will be held somewhere else other than Russia and a new venue will be decided soon.

    The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation said in a statement that the decision was "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."

    The decision came after the world's top athletes from Korea, the U.S., the U.K. and other European countries boycotted the event to protest against Russia's state-led doping.

    Korea has a couple of the top athletes including Won Yun-jong and Seo Young-woo, who take lead in two-man bobsleigh, as well as Yun Sung-bin, the silver medalist in men's skeleton in the 2016 world championships.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency revealed last week that Russia tampered with test samples of over 1,000 Russian athletes who took part in international competitions over the last five years, resulting in a world-wide outcry.

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