Konigssee replaces Sochi as host of Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships after Russian doping report

The championships are due to take place in February 2017

BY Simon Maguire 16:35 Monday 19 December 2016, 16:35 19 Dec 2016

Konigssee in Germany has been selected to host the 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships after Sochi in Russia was stripped of the event recently.

The release of a report about a Russian doping scandal related to the 2012 London Olympics forced the organisers to select another host city while the controversy is brought to a resolution.

Sochi had previously hosted the 2014 winter Olympics and a statement released by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) said: 

"The IBSF was very impressed by the solidarity and commitment shown immediately by the IBSF Race Organisers to support this effort in any possible way and would like to express its gratitude for it.

"Most of the teams will be racing in Europe on the BMW IBSF World Cup Series just prior to participating in the BMW IBSF World Championships. Therefore, a European track was prioritised. For those reasons, the IBSF selected Konigsee, Germany," it read.

The BMW IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships 2017 will take place in Konigssee, Germany from 13 – 26 February 2017. 

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