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Russian athletes challenge their non-invitation to Olympics with CAS

Olympics Torch Relay Russian athletes challenge their non-invitation to Olympics with CAS
Kristopher Love | 08 February, 2018, 15:53

The bombshell investigation uncovered state-sponsored doping from "at least late 2011 to August 2015", including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Medvedev, meanwhile, argued the IOC "has trampled on the Olympic Charter and elementary principles of law" by refusing to invite the Russians who had been exonerated by CAS.

The ongoing fall-out of the Russian Federation doping scandal, which culminated as it hosted the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, has overshadowed other aspects of Pyeongchang, including the participation of North Korea.

CAS ruled last Thursday there was "insufficient evidence" to uphold the suspensions issued by the International Olympic Committee following an investigation into state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The athletes who will compete under OAR were chosen through a process outlined by the IOC.

The IOC allowed 169 specially screened Russian athletes to compete in Pyeongchang - but under the Olympic flag, not Russia's.

The PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee will place the condoms at the Olympic Village, at the Main Press Center and at male and female athletes' washrooms.

Later, Thomas Bach stated that he is disappointed of CAS decision and called for reformation of the court.

"I believe that in the collective mind in a significant portion of the world and among the athletes of the world, that the International Olympic Committee has not only failed to protect clean athletes but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes", said Pound. None of the athletes whose bans were overturned feature in the list.

The hearing came less than a week after the Swiss-based CAS, citing insufficient evidence, lifted the lifetime bans for 28 Russian athletes and coaches for doping violations at the 2014 Games. However, one of them - speed skater Olga Graf - has refuse from going to PyeongChang.

The IOC reserved the right to the final word in regard to Russian athletes, who will go to PyeongChang under the neutral status.

"Therefore, the panel unanimously recommended that the IOC not extend an invitation to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to the 15 individuals requested by the suspended ROC", it said. The IOC had said it wouldn't invite athletes previously banned for doping.

The Americans started strongly and never looked back in a 9-3 win over married Russian couple Bryzgalova and Krushelnitskiy in the first of seven rounds of preliminary play.