Winter Olympics: CAS dismisses 47 appeals from Russian athletes, coaches


Athletes who passed drug screenings and were approved by the IOC were allowed to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation in the 2018 games.

During the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, the viewers at the stadium were excited to see the Russian athletes, who have been through a lot in recent years.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) past year banned Russian Federation from Pyeongchang for what it called the "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Dozens of Russian athletes banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics withdrew today their last-minute appeal to a Swiss court aimed at allowing them to compete in the Games.

Reeb said CAS found the Russian athletes failed to demonstrate in their appeals that the two International Olympic Committee panels charged with ruling on eligibility acted improperly.

The other 32, including three-time Games gold medallist An, were also left off the list of Russians invited to Pyeongchang.

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First, the 169 athletes were billed as "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation", as Russia is not officially being recognized at the games.

USA athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty of participation of some Russian athletes.

Russian athletes can not wear their national colors, flaunt their country's symbols or be serenaded by its anthem at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation walked out during opening ceremonies in outfits of muted color and under the Olympic flag.

CAS has ruled the IOC's process over the involvement of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation "could not be described as a sanction, but rather an eligibility decision".

The CAS ruling is a heavy blow to Russian medal chances in Pyeongchang.

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Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has revealed details on further doping tests, claiming that the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation are "clean", but remained in a "high risk group". Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field.

Stephen Hess, an worldwide sports lawyer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the decision was a victory for the IOC. On the podium, they'll stand under the Olympic flag as the Olympic anthem plays.

The IOC has refused to comment on individual Russian athletes but says it decided who to exclude using a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database with evidence of past doping offenses.

"The only doping among Russian Olympic team is the support and love of Russian people".

The Russian side, CAS said, acknowledged the International Olympic Committee had the authority to institute this process. There were 232 Russian athletes in Sochi, where the host country typically receives more entries, 177 in Vancouver and 190 in Turin. They included Elena Nikitina, who would have been a leading rival in the skeleton to Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas. "If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail".

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