The 2017 FIBT World Championships was to become Russia’s first ever international sporting event dedicated to this category. Russia’s Sanki complex at Krasnaya Polyana is the most advanced bobsled route in the world to this date. The route cost nearly 8 billion rubles (approximately $131,000) to build and the last major competition it saw was Europe’s 2015 luge championship. [Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Scanpix / LETA]


<The report's author Richard McLaren (centre) said doping took place on "an unprecedented scale"

<Richard McLaren’s final report into doping in Russia will be released on December 9 at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have recommended the Championships shouldn’t be in Russia and that is something I would stand by and support," Olympic skeleton gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold [seen in photo] says.


Maksim Belitsky, the head of the International School of Sports Management in Moscow, says that the experience of European countries is that “more than 70 percent of the revenue” from stadiums comes from their main intended use – soccer – rather than for anything else. Thus, he suggests, Russia’s regions and cities may be left with facilities they will be expected to maintain even though many of them are already on the edge of bankruptcy.

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Russia has appealed that court ruling to the Swiss Federal Court, with a decision expected this week. The Swiss court can only overturn the earlier court decision if there was a procedural mistake. It cannot rule on the merits of the case.


Photo: Two young women are flanked by South Korean dancers as they admire the figure skating sculptures for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in a giant transparent sphere during a publicity event in front of the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, 21 December 2015. The first Winter Olympic Games held in South Korea will kick off on 09 February 2018.


Announcing the original ban, IPC president Sir Philip Craven described Russia's anti-doping system as "broken, corrupted and entirely compromised", saying it put "medals over morals".


IOC head Thomas Bach tries to shovel blame for the shambles over Russian participation at the Rio 2016 squarely onto the shoulders of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, one analyst says: “Bach is the wrong man at the wrong time for this job.”


UBO: There is a growing consensus – with which UBO agrees – that the IOC under Thomas Bach has shown itself to be gutless and utterly incompetent in dealing with the Russians in the matter of that country’s systematic abuse of the anti-doping rules to which Russia signed up and claimed to be following – until proof was presented to the contrary. Bach’s attempts to placate Russia have only worsened a bad situation and could very well result in the Rio Olympics being much less of a success that it could have been.


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