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British Olympic chief would support Russian worlds boycott

 Agencies |  2016-12-14 23:24:30.0  |  London

Britain’s skeleton Olympic gold medallist Lizzie Yarnold would be backed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) were she to boycott the 2017 skeleton and bobsleigh world championships in Russia over doping in the country. 

It comes a day after Latvia’s skeleton team said they were boycotting the championships, to be held in February 13-26 in Sochi, because Russia had “stolen the Olympic spirit in 2014”. Yarnold, who won Olympic gold in 2014 in Sochi, told the BBC in October she may opt out of the world championships because of concerns over doping. 

Her fears will have been deepened after Canadian law professor Richard McLaren last week published the second part of his report into state-sponsored doping across Russian sports, including at the Sochi Games. 

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