British bobsleigh racer John Jackson found out last month that he had been awarded a retrospective bronze medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as a result of the Russian doping scandal.
Ahead of a decision on whether Russia should be allowed to compete at the 2018 Games in South Korea, he recalls what it was like finding out he had won a medal and explains why he thinks the country should be banned.
I had been working in the morning and hadn’t had my phone on me. I got back to my desk and my phone was ringing – it was my wife, who had been trying to call me all morning.
Paula told me [about the medal] and I couldn’t speak to her, I was completely speechless. I was overwhelmed by happiness. I had to sit down and shed a tear.
It hit me that hard that this actually happening, in a good way. We deserved it.
This was a completely different feeling to when the results of the McLaren Report [the investigation into claims of Russian doping] first came to light.
My initial feelings were disappointment, numbness and annoyance that we had been potentially cheated out of an Olympic medal and a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand on an Olympic podium in front of our families, who had travelled to Sochi to watch.
I am not trying to get too excited though. I have had emails from the BOA (British Olympic Association) saying they’re backing it and when you’ve got people high up backing you it sort of makes it real.
But until I’ve got that medal in my hands there is still a chance it could get taken away. I think it is very unlikely, but you just never know.
From a personal point of view it would be very difficult for clean athletes not to compete.
If an athlete can prove that they were clean and not implicated in the doping scandal then they should be allowed to compete, but under a neutral flag.
Russia as a separate country should not be allowed to compete, but its clean athletes should be.
The Russian flag should not be seen in PyeongChang.
Russia should not be allowed to compete because they have not accepted accountability, they are trying to blame everyone else and skirt round the fact that it is happening and putting it down as a Western conspiracy.
If someone gets caught doping there’s a ban, but actually why can’t the nation be looked at in the same way?
If Russia are allowed to compete in PyeongChang it won’t show strength from the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
It would suggest that there are still people in the background that are still under the influence of Russia themselves.
I’d like to see the IOC be strong and show that if there are any other nations doing this then the punishment is you do not get to compete on the world stage.
It would be easy to just focus on the Russia doping situation and think that clean sport is winning, but WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] needs to maintain a wider view of doping to give clean athletes everywhere the confidence they are competing on a level playing field.