Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

CAS defers appeals by Russians

CAS defers appeals by Russians

Thirty-two Russian athletes today filed an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to be invited on time and participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"The applicants challenge the IOC decision refusing to invite them to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games", a CAS statement said.

Both Russian president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev have already denounced the International Olympic Committee decision, saying they "expected that the CAS (appeals court) decision would dispel all suspicions against the athletes".

As well as Ahn, a six-time short-track Olympic champion, the group includes Sochi 2014 biathlon gold medallist Anton Shipulin and Sergei Ustyugov, a cross-country skiing world champion.

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

The IOC, which has cleared 169 Russians to compete at PyeongChang, said that "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation".

Court hears Russian athletes' appeals
CAS defers appeals by Russians

"The goal is really to finish before the opening (ceremony) and well in advance so I would say that for me, the last moment for the announcement should be Friday noon (0300 GMT) but possibly it could already be Thursday evening", Reeb said.

"It is our philosophy. that whistleblowers should in the great majority of cases remain anonymous", said WADA Director General Olivier Niggli.

A total of 169 Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation, possibly more depending on a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, are set to take part at Pyeongchang, which will open on Friday. CAS' "full reasoning" for the decision "had not been made public", the International Olympic Committee said.

IOC President Thomas Bach lambasted the superior sports court for clearing banned Russian team members, saying that they "cannot have a situation of [the] CAS losing its credibility with athletes". Their appeals against Olympic bans were fully satisfied, while the request to reexamine the cases of another 11 were only "partially upheld". Other than their names, their jerseys bore only one tag: "Olympic Athlete From Russia - a requirement of anti-doping penalties against their country".

"We can not lose sight of the extent nor the scale of the efforts that Russian authorities and athletes engaged in to cheat the anti-doping system", the WADA Athlete Committee added.

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