The athlete again became a two-time Olympic champion, but only in Russia.
The Moscow City Court granted the claim of the head of the Federation of Bobsleigh of Russia, Alexander Zubkov, to the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS) in Lausanne, which deprived him of the title of Olympic champion for breaking anti-doping rules.
Thus, the Russian court allowed the athlete not to execute the CAS decision and retain two gold medals won at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. According to the judge, the CAS findings are “based on speculation” and do not prove the replacement of the sample.
According to the decision of the Moscow City Court, Zubkov again became a two-time Olympic champion, but only in Russia, RAPS reports. This is the first such decision of the Russian court.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]For me, first of all, my status as an Olympic champion in the territory of the Russian Federation is important. This is the most important award, which I achieved in pure sport, winning Olympic medals for the country.[/perfectpullquote]
Representatives of Zubkov noted in court that because of the CAS decision, the athlete suffered material and non-material moral damage, since he had lost his lifetime presidential scholarship for the Olympic awards.
In November 2017, the International Olympic Committee deprived Zubkov of two gold medals of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and suspended him from participating in the Games for life. In February, CAS replaced the lifelong suspension for skipping a single tournament – 2018 in Pkhenchkhane. Zubkov’s results in Sochi remain annulled.
Zubkov has not yet returned to the IOC the medals won at the Olympics in Sochi. “Actually, no one asked me about it,” said the bobsledist. These are not his only awards: in 2006 he won the silver medal at the Games in Turin and won a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.