Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Putin pleased with ruling on Russian doping

Putin pleased with ruling on Russian doping

Adams said that the IOC's invitation revue panel will examine each case before making a decision. CAS has told the International Olympic Committee this will not be available until the end of February, Bach said in Pyeongchang on Sunday. They'll be called "Olympic Athletes from Russia", rather than Team Russia, and can't have uniforms of Russian red, white and blue. Therefore, we have been following and we will be following the International Olympic Committee decision of December 5 and have forwarded these cases to the independent panel for review. "This should be seen as a precautionary measure that guarantees the integrity of the doping control process at the games", Wada Director General Olivier Niggli said.

"We feel this decision shows very urgent need for reforms of internal structure of the CAS", he said.

At the same time, she said it would then be logical to discuss the reform of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "over their inability to act in compliance with democratic procedures".

The IOC released a statement supporting the confirmation of doping violations in the 11 athletes, but expressing "regret" that the 28 other athletes were cleared in spite of the evidence in favor of a state-run doping program within Russian Federation. The IOC gave individual athletes an opportunity to apply for spots on an "Olympic Athlete from Russia" squad that will compete under a neutral flag. 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.

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The statement was issued soon after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the disqualifications and Olympic life bans of 28 Russians from the 2014 Sochi Games.

While the Invitation Review Panel noted the CAS's decision of 1 February 2018, it also noted that the full reasoning for these decisions had not been made public. The AP reported Putin told the country's athletes during a gathering at his residence to "forget about doping scandals when they compete" at the PyeongChang Games. Bach also mentioned the issue of the reallocation of medals received by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi.

Currently, South Korea has only one active IOC member - former Olympic table tennis gold medalist Ryu Seung-min, who was elected to the IOC's Athletes' Commission for an eight-year term in 2016.

The IOC says it could challenge the CAS rulings at Switzerland's supreme court.

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