Korean Bobsleigh and Skeleton Athletes to Boycott World Championships in Russian Federation

We have offered the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation to jump in and host the event.

The IBSF said in a statement that it was moving the competition to ensure it remained focused on "sport rather than accusations and discussions" and that a new host location would be determined in the coming days.

"Second: the current climate would make it almost impossible to appreciate the efforts of the organising committee". "We would welcome a move of the event to another location", he said before the IBSF announcement. Latvia's national skeleton team said Sunday that it would boycott if worlds were held in Russian Federation, and Austria and South Korea were also considering such a move.

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Latvia pulled out of the February 13-26 championships following the publication last week of the second part of the McLaren Report into Russian doping which revealed an institutional conspiracy to hide positive drug tests.

The Kremlin hit out at the move to take the championships away from Sochi, with government spokesman Dmitri Peskov saying it was a "political decision" that Russian Federation "enormously regretted".

"This a very unfortunate development".

"We're compelled to accept the IBSF decision to move the championships from Russian Federation to a different country", they told the TASS news agency. "It is based on an allegation that simply does not have a real basis", Peskov said.

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South Korea, hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and skeleton athletes from the United States had also been considering withdrawing from the championships in protest at Russian doping.

"It's the right decision and I'm happy to see they took the proper steps", Antoine said.

"Now [the Russian Bobsleigh Federation] can demand compensation".

Kristoffersen finished with a large gap of 0.75 seconds ahead of five-time defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher. "But the fact itself - it's really sad, it may become the sign and a precedent for other [international] federations, which can follow this example".

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The Korea Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (KBSF) said it had yet to make a final decision, and would not do so until their athletes were back in the country on December 19, but were erring toward not going.

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