Bach defends Russian Federation doping response

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the 132nd IOC Session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the 132nd IOC Session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang

The news follows Monday's decision by the International Olympic Committee to reject a request to invite 13 active athletes and two retired athletes working in support roles who were among 28 athletes whose lifetime bans were overturned by CAS last Thursday while the ban on 11 others was upheld.

On Wednesday afternoon, the CAS will also be hearing the appeal of 32 other Russian athletes who were not invited by the IOC.

Speaking in Pyeongchang ahead of next week's Winter Olympics, Bach expressed concern about how the sport is run and said, "The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing in the programs of the Youth Olympics 2018 and Tokyo 2020".

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.

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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.

"First of all we don't even know if it is a coach", Eric Myles, COC Executive Director of Sport, told reporters.

A group of 13 Russians lost a last-ditch bid to beat their country's doping ban and take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony.

Six other Russian athletes' appeals were thrown out.

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While the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended along with a number of athletes, those who were billed as "clean" will still be allowed to compete under the Olympic flag.

Later, Thomas Bach stated that he was disappointed with the CAS decision and called for reformation of the court.

"I believe that in the collective mind of a significant portion of the world, and among the athletes of the world, the International Olympic Committee has not only failed to protect athletes, but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes", Pound said, describing the IOC's world as a "comfortable cocoon". Should the athletes be allowed to participate in the PyeongChang Games, they will do so as "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation". Their appeals against Olympic bans were fully satisfied, while the request to reexamine the cases of another 11 were only "partially upheld". If any of the athletes competing under OAR win a medal, the Olympic Anthem will play at the ceremony, not that of Russian Federation.

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