CAS registers another appeal of Russians not invited to PyeongChang 2018

Doping Testing

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) restricted Russian Federation from Pyeongchang over "precise control" of the counter doping framework in Sochi four years back however left the entryway open for competitors with no history of doping to contend as neutrals.

The World Anti-Doping Agency's Athlete Committee expressed disappointment over the decision by sport's highest court to reinstate the medals and results of 28 Russians at the 2014 Winter Olympics, calling it "a massive setback for clean sport".

After the CAS decision, Russia's Olympic Committee requested that 13 active athletes and two who had become coaches should be allowed to participate in the February 9-25 Games but the IOC has refused to extend invitations to them.

The row puts the International Olympic Committee, which has always claimed to have the final say on which athletes compete in the Games, at loggerheads with sports law's highest court just days before the Olympics begin in South Korea on February 9.

They include multiple Olympic champion speed skater Viktor Ahn, biathlon gold medallist Anton Shipulin and former National Hockey League players Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin.

The court did not decide on an appeal involving 32 Russian athletes nor did they start hearing the second case involving 13 additional athletes and two coaches.

He was tasked to review the individual cases of each athlete implicated in the report.

The Panel is now holding a hearing with the 32 athletes who filed their application at the CAS Ad Hoc division on 6 February 2018.

The two nations will also be marching together at Friday's opening ceremony for the first time at the Games since the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Russian officials say they are shocked and offended by the IOC's "aggressive" position against their athletes.

He said the International Olympic Committee knew only what had been released by CAS in a press statement and this was "extremely unsatisfactory given the gravity of the cases". Foreign athletes support Olympic athletes from Russia at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Secretary General of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation Sergei Parkhomenko said on Thursday.

"A huge amount of work has gone in to making sure we can ensure that there can be a path for clean athletes from Russian Federation to compete in these Games here".

It later ruled that 169 athletes who had proved they were clean would be allowed to compete.

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