MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. The Russian Bobsleigh Federation has lost all of its sponsors and obstructions remain for new sponsors to join the organization, Alexander Zubkov, the head of the federation, told TASS on Friday.
“Steps have been taken to make all sponsors go and the federation currently has none of them,” Zubkov said. “I hope that faces will be turned toward the federation, because the sponsorship support is, first of all, the support of athletes, specialists, medical personnel.”
The head of the federation noted that the lack of sponsors has no effect on the performance of the Russian national bobsleigh and skeleton team at international tournaments.
“The national team’s roster is complete before going for away tournaments, but the team is deprived of additional payments and bonuses after the end of the season,” Zubkov said.
At the same time, Zubkov pointed out that despite the current problems Russian bobsledders and skeleton racers are showing this season high results on the international arena and urged against obstructing the work of the organization.
The Moscow City Court turned down on Friday an appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) against an earlier decision on the refusal to acknowledge on the territory of Russia the validity of the verdict on behalf of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on establishing the guilt of Head of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation Alexander Zubkov behind violations of anti-doping regulations at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Thus, a decision to acknowledge Zubkov as the Sochi Olympic champion came into force, however, the ROC still holds the right to file an appeal with a higher court.
“It was said to ROC representatives in court that they have the right to appeal this decision,” Zubkov said. “Am I ready for it? Yes, for a long time already, particularly considering all developments over the past four months.”
“The most important is that despite media publications, the court made the right decision in my regard and in line with legal actions undertaken by judges. I am very glad with this,” he added.
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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