Vladimir Kozlovogo: Eugene biyatov / RIA Novosti
Olympic champion, coach of the Russian national bobsleigh Vladimir Kozlov, signed an open letter against the national Federation of bobsleigh and skeleton Federation, said that the organization’s leadership does not want to allow some athletes at the Olympic games in Pyeongchang. The words of the specialist leads “CHempionata”.
“I participated in the drafting of this letter. We are unhappy with the leadership of Alexander Zubkov. And before that, wrote letters to the Minister, and other leaders. We believe that going on an unfair selection of athletes and their lobbying. It was all for two years, before the Olympic games. And the list is already consequences. We can no longer remain silent,” said Kozlov.
The letter stated that Russia had three quotas for the Olympics in men’s and women’s skeleton, at the same time filled were only two, both in the men’s category. The athletes who were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it was possible to find a replacement.
“When I was invited to come to the Game and we saw that many guys in the list, then immediately turned to the Vice-President of the IOC. He said, what can you do, the Federation filed such lists. So blame the Federation,” said the coach. According to him, to allow any of the athletes at the moment is almost impossible.
The letter also noted that the Federation was replaced by personal trainers from the leading athletes in the “comfortable”, with the result that, according to the authors of the letter, Russia withdrew from leading positions in bobsleigh and skeleton. Kozlov said that the Federation should “go about their business, monitor their skin”.
Federation of bobsleigh and skeleton of Russia since summer of 2016 led by Alexander Zubkov, two — time Olympic champion Sochi 2014. At the end of 2017, the IOC stripped of his medals for violation of the rules antikoagulih. He, like the other 41 Russian, appealed to the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) but were not included in the 28 exonerated athletes.
CAS upheld the appeal of four bobsledders and skeleton racers of five.
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