CAS overturns International Olympic Committee ban on 28 Russian athletes

Grant SmithFeb 04, 2018

However, the IOC have reiterated that "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation" to the Games as part of the neutral Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team.

Thursday's ruling means Russian athletes banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Games can now seek to participate.

"The whole sorry mess truly stinks and the nightmare continues for clean athletes".

Plenty big enough to make the grotesque subterfuge of Sochi, the tampering with doping-control samples and covering up for Russian cheats, seem not so serious after all.

Russia are banned from Pyeongchang over the doping scandal but 169 Russian competitors have been cleared to take part as neutrals.

CAS stated that there was sufficient evidence to establish that 11 athletes were guilty of anti-doping rule violations and declared them ineligible to compete in the Games in South Korea, but lifted their lifetime bans.

"With respect to these 28 athletes, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi 2014 are reinstated", said the Lausanne-based tribunal. Another 11 remained disqualified. They would compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" - with no use of the Russian flag or national anthem permitted.

It was not immediately clear how numerous 28 Russians would now seek to compete.

Russia had previously been banned from competition by the International Olympic Committee due to widespread doping, though 169 Russian athletes have been invited to compete under a neutral flag.

Rikard Grip told Sweden's tabloid Expressen the ruling was "very surprising (and) the process long and odd".

The report found that the swapping of urine samples became a regular practice after the 2014 Sochi Games and said that male DNA was found in samples from two female ice hockey players.

Peterson told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that "it does not matter if we are back as bronze medalists".

"This, of course, can not but give us joy", he said. Both were members of the squad that won silver in the team event in Sochi, where Canada finished fourth.

Picture: Aleksander Tretiakov, seen here competing in 2013, was one of those who appealed against the ban. "But there should be at least a dozen that will be allowed to compete", he told RT.

Uhlaender says what will happen next is bigger than a medal.

According to Andy Brown, sports journalist and author at Sports Integrity Initiative, the court's ruling means that the story for the 28 Russian athletes is not over.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the ruling "can't fail to please us, and it confirms our position that the overwhelming majority of our athletes are clean athletes".

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned bans on 28 Russians, citing insufficient evidence.

"I know very well the athletes they didn't let go (to the Olympics)".

The executive board will also examine the presence of North Korea at the Games, their first participation in a Winter Olympics since 2010.

39 Russian athletes that had been banned from the Olympics for violating anti-doping rules at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games have had their sentences dropped or reduced. Although some big Russian names didn't get through the less-than-transparent selection process to weed out those, the International Olympic Committee said, who weren't "considered clean", they will still be one of the largest contingents at the February 9-25 games.

The IOC past year banned 43 Russians over doping offenses at the Sochi Olympics.

"I think and I hope that this decision will influence the IOC's position and also the positions of other worldwide federations and maybe the World Anti-Doping Agency's position towards Russia and its athletes", he said. Until recently, the expert continued, he believed that all those decisions were part of the investigation into violations of anti-doping rules in Russian Federation.

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