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Melbardis' bob teams upgraded to Sochi gold and bronze after results of Russia's Zubkov voided for doping violations by IBSF

  • 2018-08-23
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation has officially changed the results of the two-man and four-man bobsleigh competitions at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia, which means that the four-man bob team piloted by Latvia's Oskars Melbardis has been upgraded from silver to gold, while the fourth place finish by Melbardis' two-man team has been upgraded to bronze.

This after the results of disgraced Russian bobsleigh pilot Alexander Zubkov have been voided by the federation for doping violations, who oddly currently serves as the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation.

As reported, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2017 stripped Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov of his Olympic medals 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.

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.