Published: Sat, February 10, 2018

Olympics: Court upholds doping ban for 47 Russians athletes, coaches

Olympics: Court upholds doping ban for 47 Russians athletes, coaches

The scandal resulted in a lifetime ban for a number of Russian athletes, the revision of the 2014 Olympics results, as well as disqualification of the Russian national team from the 2018 Games.

Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge and bobsled. "It will be for the best if the Legislative Committee and Committee on International Affairs are engaged as well", he said.

"The panel's decisions are expected to be announced either late in the evening of 8 February 2018 or in the morning of 9 February 2018", Cas said.

"Although the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended, the IOC nevertheless chose to offer individual athletes the opportunity to participate in the Winter Games under prescribed conditions - a process that was created to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia".

The son of the Soviet basketball athlete, who was a member of the national team that defeated the U.S. team in the 1972 Olympic Men's Basketball Final for the first time in history of the Olympic Games, said that sports could bring the positions of Russian Federation and the United States closer and to mend ties between the two countries. In addition to this, the athletes had to go through a screening process to ensure they hadn't violated the doping rules.

The IOC is considering an appeal against that decision.

Speaker of the Russian parliament's lower chamber, Vyacheslav Volodin, said that the proposal to make an official statement would be discussed by Duma deputies during the Friday's plenary meeting.

"They have quite clearly understood that there was systemic manipulation of the anti-doping process, " Reedie said.


It refused to clear some Russians even after their disqualifications from the 2014 Olympics were lifted by CAS last week.

The Russians also lodged a further case with a Swiss civil court in Lausanne, where the International Olympic Committee is headquartered, in a final bid to compete in South Korea.But in a dramatic turnaround, the athletes withdrew that appeal, although the court gave no reason why. "You can't keep them out.' But Russia doesn't have an Olympic team".

Mutko, who in December was banned for life from the Olympics, told Russian news agency TASS: "The procedure of inviting or not inviting is similar those of a commercial private club tournament".

So what's up with all those "OAR" athletes you'll see during this year's Winter Olympics?

It will be a crushing disappointment to the Russian appellants, some of whom traveled to South Korea in the hope they would be granted the right to compete.

These Russian "OAR" athletes face several restrictions, however.

"If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail, " Cunningham said.

It is not exactly the height of the Cold War, but there is always a frisson when the US meets Russian Federation as it did in the opening curling match of the 2018 Winter Olympics. "That's what I hope".

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