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Russian Bobsledders Banned in Doping Scandal

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Alexander Kasyanov, Alexei Pushkarev, Ilvir Huzin, and Roman Koshelev of Russia start during the four-man bob race at the Bobsled World Cup in at Lake Koenigssee, Germany, Sunday Dec. 13, 2015. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:09 PM

Three more Russian bobsledders have been retroactively banned from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for doping, CBS Sport reported.

Alexander Kasyanov, Alexei Pushkarev and Ilyir Khuzin were retroactively disqualified from the 2014 Games following the emergence of evidence that Russia allegedly had been operating a systematic doping program, CBS Sports said.

The teammates originally finished fourth at the event but were slated to move up to bronze after the original gold-winning Russian sled team was disqualified for doping offenses.

If the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides to reallocate the medals, the bronze will be handed to the British team, which had not held a bobsled medal since 1998, The New York Daily noted.

According to the BBC, Russian athletes found guilty of doping amid investigations into the scandal would be banned for life from the games.

Based upon findings of the 2016 McLaren report, the IOC announced its first round of bans on Nov. 1 and the number has climbed to over 20 since.

Meanwhile, Russian president Vladimir Putin has dismissed the scandal, stating that it was a ploy by the U.S. to "discredit his government," CBS noted.

Russia now waits to hear whether it will be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, ABC News reported.

The IOC will take a formal vote next week before making a final call but pending the decision, Russia has revealed its athletes' uniform for the Winter Olympics.

"We haven't had much good news recently, so I hope today's presentation will give Russian fans a little pleasure," said Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov, according to ABC News.

Images of the launch were posted to Twitter by The Russian Olympic Committee, which said that the uniforms were created for "comfort, convenience, functionality, manufacturability and stylish minimalistic design."

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