Melbardis' 4-man bob team to be awarded Olympic gold medals from Sochi next week in Sigulda

  • 2020-02-07
  • LETA/TBT Staff

SIGULDA - During next week's Bobsleigh World Cup stage at the Sigulda track in Latvia, the Latvian four-man bob team of Oskars Melbardis, Daumants Dreiskens, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga will be presented with their gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Latvian Radio reports.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 15 after the conclusion of the men's skeleton competition.

The ceremony will take place in accordance with International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulations.

The medals will be presented by the President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation Ivo Ferriani.

The event will also be broadcast live on Latvian Television.

The IOC last March officially confirmed the results of the Sochi Olympic games, and upgraded the Latvian four-man and two-man bobsleigh teams piloted by Oskars Melbardis to gold and bronze respectively.

Melbardis' pushers in the four-man competition Daumants Dreiskens, Janis Strenga and Arvis Vilkaste have also had their silver medals upgraded to gold, wHILE Dreiskens will receive a bronze in the two man. 

LETA also reported, in 2017, the IOC stripped Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov of his Olympic gold medal won in Sochi in 2014.

Zubkov and a number of other Russian athletes were suspected of doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The case was investigated by the IOC Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Executive Board member Denis Oswald, and its findings served as the basis for disqualification of Zubkov and three other Russian athletes.

The 43-year-old Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony even served as President of the Russian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation after the Sochi Games for a while, but has sine been banned from the Olympic Games for life.

At the Sochi Olympics, Zubkov won gold in the four and two-man bobsleigh. Melbardis' team placed second in the four-man bobsleigh and fifth in the two-man. Another Russian two-man team piloted by Alexander Kasyanov, which placed fourth in Sochi, was also disqualified for doping violations.