Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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CAS decision on 32 Russian athletes may be announced on February 8

CAS decision on 32 Russian athletes may be announced on February 8

CAS last week ruled there was "insufficient evidence" of anti-doping violations against 28 Russian athletes, who had also appealed their International Olympic Committee sanctions, and cleared them to compete.

The 13 active athletes and two retired athletes working in support roles were among a group of 28 athletes whose bans were overturned by CAS on Thursday.

CAS had overturned the doping ban for 28 Russian athletes on February 1 on the basis that there was "insufficient" evidence that the athletes had broken anti-doping rules.

This is according to the Associated Press, which reported this week that the International Olympic Committee is citing "as-yet unpublished new evidence" of Russian doping to keep the athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"We feel that this decision shows the urgent need for reforms in the internal structure of CAS".

A statement from CAS read: "The applicants challenge the IOC decision refusing to invite them to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games".

Russian Federation as a nation isn't competing in South Korea, having been banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December in the aftermath of the McLaren Report.

IOC had banned Russian Federation from participating in the Pyeongyang Olympic Winter Games on charges of engaging in doping by 'manipulating the anti-doping system at the Sochi Games in 2014.

Two groups of prominent Russian athletes seeking late entry for the PyeongChang Olympics have had their appeals adjourned.

"We share the distress, uncertainty and frustration expressed by many athletes on the news of this ruling and believe this decision to be a massive setback for clean sport", the committee said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We are still looking into this issue. we want them to (give) a satisfying explanation", Bach said, adding: "We are extremely anxious about the governance of AIBA".

The court concluded that 28 Russian athletes "do not have enough evidence" about involvement in the doping scheme.

It said the panel took into account extra information about the athletes sent to it by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which had "raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes". Although it confirmed 11 others had committed doping offences, it reduced their lifetime Olympic bans to suspensions from this year's Games in South Korea. The invitations have not however been extended to a number of leading Russian athletes.

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