Russian leaders blast decision to move bobsled and skeleton championships from Sochi

Another view of Lenin's Tomb

Another view of Lenin’s Tomb

RT has the details.

The decision to move the championships is politicized, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RT.

This a very unfortunate development. And we are sure that this is highly politicized decision. It is based on an allegation that simply does not have a real basis,” Peskov said.

And definitely Russia will continue, through its authorities in charge of sports and other bodies, to protect its interests in a legal way.”

“There is a special independent commission in Russia, headed by Mr. Smirnov, which is working on the national plan of improving the system of anti-doping activities. But of course, decisions like that, that is something we disapprove of, and we disagree with. We have always been against mixing up sports and politics.”

The bobsled and skeleton world championships were scheduled to be hosted in Sochi from February 13 to 26, 2017.

“There is no point to dispute [the decision], because the rights to host the tournament are given by the International Federation (IBSF),” Dmitry Svishchev, a member of the State Committee for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Politics, told TASS.

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