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Winter Olympics: Russian athletes appeal against ban

Winter Olympics: Russian athletes appeal against ban Winter Olympics: Russian athletes appeal against ban
Emmett Howard | 06 February, 2018, 19:08

"They've been left out there, hanging alone, with no protection whatsoever from the Olympic movement", said Pound, adding: "I would say more attention has been paid to getting Russian athletes into the Pyeongchang Games than dealing with the Russian conduct".

According to the statement, the grounds for the lawsuit were the non-transparent nature of the criteria that has been applied, the discrimination based on citizenship grounds, the illegal nature of the decision, failure to comply with the CAS verdict, damage to reputation, dignity and professional careers.

The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but did say it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible.

Neither athlete has previously served a doping ban.

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.

"By refusing to allow the athletes to perform at PyeongChang, whose appeals have been upheld by the CAS, a court that has been created for dealing with disputes related to sport, the IOC commission has trampled down the Olympic Charter and elementary principles of law", Medvedev posted.

"We are extremely disappointed with this CAS decision", Bach said.

The IOC did not name the athletes, but Russian officials have said they include two gold-medal winners from the 2014 Sochi Olympics - cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton racer Alexander Tretiakov.

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After 15 of the Russians applied to take part in Pyeongchang, the International Olympic Committee refused to give them invitations.

Speaking at the Olympic village, IOC President Thomas Bach on Monday repeated again his disquiet over the CAS ruling and said an appeal was possible.

"The main objectives I would like to focus on are the implementation of this great strategy that we have all worked so hard to bring together", said Coventry. "If we can appeal it, we will appeal it".

"I'm sorry, but that is not an appropriate response by the IOC to a flagrant attack on the Olympic Games and on clean athletes by Russian Federation", he said.

"We only know about the reasons from a very few sentences in a press release", he told the Associated Press.

John Coates, an IOC member and also the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, tried to assure Bach the judicial reasoning would be forthcoming.

Some of the 32 Russians are already in Far East countries like Japan so they will be acclimatized and ready to travel to Pyeongchang if invited.

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