Friday, 23 August, 2019

Winter Olympics: IOC rejects request for 15 reinstated Russian athletes

Winter Olympics: IOC rejects request for 15 reinstated Russian athletes Winter Olympics: IOC rejects request for 15 reinstated Russian athletes
Patty Aguilar | 07 February, 2018, 04:47

"Twenty-eight cases were upheld by the appeal".

Eleven other athletes were confirmed by CAS to have committed doping violations.

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It later invited 169 Russian athletes who met that criteria to participate in the Pyeongchang Games in a team officially known as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR).

"Receiving this invitation is a privilege for a clean Russian athlete". The WADA-commissioned report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russian Federation of mass doping violations during the Sochi Olympics, including tampering with samples.

Cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, who won gold in the 50 kilometre and silver in 4×10 kilometre, and Alexander Tretyakov, who won gold in the men's individual skeleton, were among those to be cleared. It alleged an "institutional conspiracy" among athletes and officials within the Russian Ministry of Sport and the Russian security service, the FSB.

Adams said "time will judge" the IOC's actions against Russian Federation. Russian Federation is focused on perfecting their anti-doping policy and programme, working very closely with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"The result of the CAS decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited to the Games", read the statement.

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But on Tuesday, CAS told AFP that 32 Russians would launch a fresh appeal to compete, including the highly decorated Korean-Russian speed skater Victor An. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

"It confirms our position on the fact that the vast majority of our athletes are clean".

This may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping.

"We will do this in determined fashion with WADA".

A lawyer by profession and a member of the IOC Executive Board, Oswald presided over the IOC Disciplinary Commission alongside Tony Estanguet and suspended 43 Russian athletes for life and disqualified them from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, depriving them of their medals.

"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.

The CAS move overturned the lifetime Olympic bans imposed by the IOC on the 28 Russians, ruling there was "insufficient" evidence that the athletes benefited from a system of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics that were hosted by Russia.

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