LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Bobsled's world governing body has become the latest federation to freeze ties with umbrella body SportAccord following Marius Vizer's attack on the International Olympic Committee.
The FIBT says its executive committee voted unanimously to suspend its SportAccord membership following Vizer's "inappropriate presentation of criticism and sharp words" toward the IOC.
Vizer is president of SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations. He blasted the IOC and President Thomas Bach in a speech at the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia, last month. He restated his views this week in Tokyo.
While sleds were around for centuries as a mode of transportation, bobsled racing didn't begin until 1877 in Davos, Switzerland, where a steering mechanism was attached to a toboggan. A four-man race was held in 1924 at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix and a two-man event was added in 1932 at Lake Placid. The sport evolved in the 1950s as aerodynamics came into play and new rules were put into place. Today's bobsled is extremely dangerous with the sled acting almost like a bullet on skates. The most successful athletes possess the perfect combination of bravery, precise skill and sheer power.