Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: 47 dope-tainted Russian athletes lose appeal to participate

Decision on 45 Russian appeals coming Friday, 6 rejected

Decision on 45 Russian appeals coming Friday, 6 rejected

Russian lawmakers said Friday that they will seek to reform Olympic associations after 47 of the country's athletes lost a last-minute appeal to attend the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. At the same time, the IOC allowed clean athletes to participate in the upcoming games as "Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation".

'Although the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) was suspended, the IOC nevertheless chose to offer individual athletes the opportunity to participate in the Winter Games under prescribed conditions - a process that was created to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia'.

On Feb. 1, the CAS ruled to uphold the appeals of 28 Russian athletes against the decisions of the IOC Disciplinary Commission to ban them for life from participating in the Olympic Games for doping violations.

The Russians, including Korean-born star speed skater Victor An, had asked CAS to reverse an International Olympic Committee decision not to invite them to compete as neutrals.

Many of those athletes were initially stripped of their Olympic medals and barred from competition, but CAS had reinstated some of their Sochi results, giving them hope they might also be allowed to compete in PyeongChang.

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In the coastal South Korean city of Gangneung, Russia has given its supporters a place to celebrate the athletic success as the country's sport faces increased scrutiny over a doping scandal that saw them banned from the Games.

A spokesman for the 168-strong neutral Russian team, the "Olympic Athletes from Russia", declined to comment when approached by AFP.

Russian Federation deny the allegations, but the ban has been upheld. And so, the 169 permitted Slavic entities will now have to compete under the diminutive title of: OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia).

What is happening to Russian athletes is very unfortunate, he said. And if they win, the Russian national anthem will not play.

The Russian team at the 2010 Vancouver Games had 179 members, according to the IOC.

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A shot from the 2014 opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

The Russians wore grey jackets with white scarves at the opening ceremony, and were carrying the Olympic flag.

"The disappointment for us is that it is not transparent", Graeme Steel, chief executive of iNADO, an umbrella group that includes the world's leading anti-doping agencies, told Reuters. "I think they [the IOC] have let down clean athletes".

The World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, is taking extra precautions to ensure there will be no irregularities in doping checks at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. "But there surely is cleaner sport and I'm still convinced that most of the athletic performance in these games will be clean", said Ram of the Netherlands.

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