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Medals may be taken away and new ones handed out after Russia conducted doping on an industrial scale at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Team GB could end up with more medals.

The GB 4-man bob came 5th at Sochi - first and fourth places were taken by the Russian Federation.

If the Russians are disqualified then GB moves up to third place and onto the podium.

The 2014 team consisted of John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon.

The team was piloted by two-time Winter Olympian, John Jackson, who retired after Sochi.

The IOC says it plans to re-test all Russian athletes who competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

It follows the report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that found Russia had a widespread programme of doping - see here for our earlier story on PlanetSKI as the report was published on Monday.

It examined allegations made by the former head of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.

He claimed that he had doped dozens of athletes before the Games.

15 of them were medalists at Sochi in 2014.

Russia topped the medal table at Sochi with 33 medals in total, 13 of them gold.

It won 11 silver medals and 9 bronze.

"The results of Sochi must be questioned and the authorities must take the relevant action to make sure the results are accurate and the medals are given to the right people," said the Performance Director of the British bobsleigh team, Gary Anderson.

Team GB 4-man bobTeam GB 4-man bob at Sochi













Team GB won 1 bronze, 1silver and 2 bronze medals at Sochi.

Jenny Jones takes bronze in snowboard slopestyleJenny Jones takes bronze in snowboard slopestyle














There are allegations of doping in the Nordic events where Russia won several of its medals.

The report was carried out by Dr Richard McClaren.

The investigative team had found 580 positive tests were covered up across 30 different sports in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics in London and during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Now the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency want him to carry our further investigations to identify the athletes who benefited from the Russian doping programme.

Meanwhile Russia must wait to learn if it can send a team to the Rio Olympics that starts on August 5th

The International Olympic Committee has said it will explore the legal options before deciding whether to implement a collective ban on all Russian competitors at Rio 2016.

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