CAS Overturns Lifetime Bans on 28 Russian Athletes

04 February, 2018, 02:24 | Author: Edward Snyder
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CAS said 11 other Russian athletes were ruled to have been guilty of doping but had lifetime bans cut to a ban from this month's Olympics alone.

He also expressed his hope that the International Olympic Committee would accept the CAS decision and grant athletes an unconditional right to take part in the upcoming Olympics.

The IOC also banned Russian Federation from the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month as a result of its "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system. It is not immediately clear how numerous 28 reinstated Russians would now seek late entry into the 2018 Olympics.

The IOC stressed in a statement that the CAS ruling did not "automatically" confer a Pyeongchang invitation on the 28 athletes.

It said the ruling did not mean that the 28 athletes will be invited to Pyeongchang.

On January 31, Putin said the IOC's decision to ban Russia from the Olympics amounted to an "outside attack" on Russian sports.

A 17-month probe by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found "beyond reasonable doubt" the Russian Ministry of Sport and its Olympic preparation team had allowed state-funded doping at Sochi.

President Vladimir Putin had ordered the government to organise a sports competition for Russian athletes banned from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang over a doping scandal.

The decision by CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, was also criticized by the lawyer of former Russian anti-doping official Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was forced to flee to the United States after becoming the main whistleblower in the scandal.

"We can't let this take away what is right about the sport", Steele said.

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov stated that the CAS decision confirms that many of those accused of breaching the doping rules are in fact "clean".

The McLaren report found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes had benefited from doping. The report also said there was a "systematic and centralized cover-up" that began before the London 2012 Summer Olympics and continued until 2015.

Graf, one of three female speed skaters on the list of 169 Russians cleared to compete in Pyeongchang, is the first eligible Russian athlete to publicly announce she would not compete at the Games.

It also said that the London 2012 Games were corrupted "on an unprecedented scale".

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee already approved 169 Russian athletes for participation in Pyeongchang's Winter Olympics under a neutral flag.

They can not wave the Russian flag at the event and, if they win, the Russian anthem will not be played.

However, the IOC has allowed individual athletes to participate if they "pass strict scrutiny, and instead of wearing their nation's uniform. compete under the title 'Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR),' " NPR's Bill Chappell reported in December.

"With regard to the participation of athletes from Russian Federation at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the decision of the IOC Executive Board (EB) of 5 December 2017 remains in place".



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