IBSF Independent Panel to hear Alexander Zubkov’s doping case on January 3

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. An independent disciplinary panel of the International Federation of Bobsleigh and Skeleton (IBSF) is set to review on January 3 a case of President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF) Alexander Zubkov, who is barred from attending international tournaments as an official due to alleged anti-doping rules violations at 2014 Olympics.

According to reports earlier in the day, the independent disciplinary panel is set to hear on January 3 cases of three Russian athletes Alexander Kasjanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin.

“My case will be also reviewed on January 3,” Zubkov told TASS. “I will be attending the hearing.”

Two weeks ago, the IBSF ruled for a temporary suspension of five Russian athletes, including President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation Zubkov saying in its statement that the banned athletes are “Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Voevoda, Alexander Kasjanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin.”

Zubkov wrapped up with his sports career in 2014 and is currently holding the post of the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation. The IOC Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, announced last year that Zubkov was guilty of anti-doping rules violations.

The Oswald-led commission ruled to annul his results from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, namely the gold in the two-man’s bobsleigh event and the gold in the four-man’s bobsleigh event. The IOC commission also ordered a life-timer ban for Zubkov from all Olympic activities.

Zubkov appealed the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne and it was partly upheld as the Swiss-based court ruled against his life-time ban.

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