Belarus' Dolidovich won't get Sochi medal after Russian athletes appeal

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Belarus' Dolidovich won't get Sochi medal after Russian athletes appeal

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Belarusian skier Sergei Dolidovich will not receive a bronze medal of Sochi 2014 in a ski marathon at a distance of 50 km.

According to the Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne, on February 1, appeals were granted to 28 Russian athletes and their lifelong suspension from participation in the Olympic Games was canceled. The justified could return their medals won at the Olympics in Sochi.

Four years earlier, at the Games in Sochi, the Belarusian came to the finish fifth. The first two places in the marathon race were taken by participants from Russia - Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin. Subsequently, they were removed on suspicion of violating anti-doping rules.

For this reason, third place and the bronze medal could go to Dolidovich.

The court acquitted Legkov and Vylegzhanin and, thus, the athlete from Belarus again returned to fifth place.

This year the athlete, for whom this Olympics will be 7th, had to resort to crowdfunding to collect money for his presumably last Olympic Games. The campaign proved successful for which Dolidovich thanked his fans.