Russian Federation regrets dismissal of 47 athletes, coaches from Olympics

Russian Federation regrets dismissal of 47 athletes, coaches from Olympics

Russian Federation regrets dismissal of 47 athletes, coaches from Olympics

CAS said the Russian side "did not demonstrate" that the process the International Olympic Committee put into place, two special panels to vet and independently review each individual application, was "carried out in a discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner". It doesn't matter how we are called: Olympic Athletes from Russia or Team Russia.

Last week, in assessing the landscape of Russian athletes from Sochi 2014, 28 were cleared of misconduct and 11 liberated of life bans the International Olympic Committee had sought to impose.

While Russia isn't officially competing in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, 168 Russian athletes are competing under the Olympic Athletes from Russia flag.

The World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the CAS ruling.

Short-track speedskater Victor Ahn - a six-time Olympic gold medallist - is among the athletes to have been denied the opportunity to participate in Pyeongchang. "I heard what happened in the doping scandal, I heard that the Russians have to compete as neutrals, and thought it would be nice to show a bit of support for them because they basically worked four years for this moment to represent their country, and now they can't", he said.

"We regret this. We are taking this decision into consideration. and undoubtedly we will continue to help athletes to stand up for their rights", Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.


As well as the 45 athletes, the ruling covers a luge coach and a skeleton coach.

"The IOC has been working extraordinarily hard to make sure that we protect the clean athletes", she said.

Olympic champions of decades past sat in a VIP zone upstairs, overlooking a hall where Russian fans - and some local Russophiles - mingled around a buffet. "That was within the IOC's discretion, and they didn't exercise it arbitrarily".

Despite the fact that only the Russian team out of the 90 countries participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics was not allowed to march under its national flag, Russian athletes have been greeted with all due respect in South Korea, with many cheering on the team. You can't keep them out.' But Russian doesn't have an Olympic team.

Any Russians who win late invitations would compete under "Olympic Athletes from Russia" because the Russian team is formally banned for doping at the Sochi Olympics.

"The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation obviously were a major focus for both the pre-Games taskforce and now at the Games", he said. The 45 Russians who were denied entry include speedskater Viktor Ahn, who won six gold medals in two previous Olympics; former National Hockey League players Valeri Nichushkin and Sergei Plotnikov; Alexander Tretiakov, the skeleton rider who won gold in Sochi; Alexander Legkov, an Olympic champion in cross-country skiing; Elena Nikitina, who won bronze in skeleton at the 2014 Games; and Tatyana Ivanova, a luger who took silver in Sochi.

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