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International Olympic Committee chief 'disappointed' over lifting of Russian doping bans

05 February 2018, 05:39 | Rufus Hill

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On the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to uphold the appeal of 28 Russians who were banned for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Bach described it as "extremely disappointing and surprising".

The CAS ruling on Thursday overturned the doping bans on 28 Russian athletes, citing insufficient evidence.

The invitation review panel will now examine whether to invite the 15 to the Games "in the light of this CAS decision", Adams said.

Bach also reiterated how they have made it "very clear" that the absence of sanctions by CAS does not mean that the "cleared " Russian athletes will be eligible to participate as part of the Olympic Athletes from Russia team at Pyeongchang 2018.

Sanchez de Toca - a former pentathlete - will give International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and all Korean athletes running vests used by the Vatican's track team, informally known as the "Pope's Marathoners". Bach also mentioned the issue of the reallocation of medals received by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi.

CAS said its mandate was "not to determine generally whether there was an organized scheme allowing the manipulation of doping control samples....but was strictly limited to dealing with 39 individual cases and to assess the evidence applicable to each athlete on an individual basis". However, it is "not clear yet" whether any of the 28 will be able to compete in the PyeongChang Games, which start on February 9. It said it could challenge the CAS rulings at Switzerland's supreme court.

The Russian parliament has reacted to the recent statement by the International Olympic Committee on the necessity of reform in the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS).

A further 11 Russians lost their appeals, which the International Olympic Committee says "clearly demonstrates once more the existence of the systemic manipulation" of the Sochi anti-doping system.

The IOC's disciplinary commission banned 43 Russian athletes for life and disqualified all Russians from competing at the Pyeongchang Games over the doping conspiracy. CNN's Masters & McKirdy reported among the reinstated athletes were cross-country skiing Gold Medalist Alexander Legkov, men's skeleton Gold Medalist Alexander Tretiakov and women's skeleton world champion Elena Nikitina.

I feel like every time the Olympics rolls around we hear stories about all the condoms they need to stock Olympic village. "So far, the panel was not able to deliver the reason for the decision, which we are eagerly waiting for, and we have asked the CAS to speed this procedure up".



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