Olympic Ban Of Cleared Russian Athletes Is Lawless

Olympic Ban Of Cleared Russian Athletes Is Lawless

Two Olympic gold medalists are among the latest group of 15 Russians who have launched an appeal seeking late entry to the Pyeongchang Olympics. CAS said it "lacked jurisdiction" to hear the cases. Prominent Russian skiers Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin as well as Olympic champion skeleton racer Aleksandr Tretiakov were among the applicants in the second case.

The IOC Athletes' Commission is trying to assure the 3,000 Olympians entered in Pyeongchang that they will be competing against "clean athletes". Unlike those in the group of 45, all six have previously served bans of various lengths for failed doping tests.

However, the IOC-appointed Invitation Review Panel responsible for approving Russian applications denied the request, as it had considered "additional elements" which were not available to the Oswald Commission probe into alleged Russian doping, but was presented to the International Olympic Committee panel by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). "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".

"We can't comment on what just happened at the panel".

The hearing on the first case was held on Wednesday morning, but no decision was announced and the judges chose to adjourn the hearing until noon on Thursday. "All our documents and words were heard".

The court, which is based in Lausanne, announced on Wednesday that it "has opened a new urgent procedure for 15 Russian athletes and coaches against the International Olympic Committee (IOC)".

Another WADA commissioned report released in 2017 found that Russia's elaborate state-sponsored doping program involving 1,000 athletes in 30 sports produced at least 27 ill-gotten Olympic medals and undermined the integrity of two Olympic Games and several other major worldwide sports competitions over a four-year period.


Russian Federation was banned from Pyeongchang over the Sochi 2014 doping scandal and the International Olympic Committee had banned dozens of athletes from the games for life and stripped their Sochi Games medals following several investigations.

The 168-person not-quite-Russian team is still one of the largest in Pyeongchang.

The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but did say it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible. They request that CAS overturn the IOC decision and allow them to participate in these Games as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

The court didn't say how quickly it will issue decisions.

They include Pavel Kulizhinikov, a former world champion in short-track speedskating who was banned from 2012 through 2014 after testing positive for the banned substance methylhexanamine.

Two leading speedskaters are among six Russian athletes who will miss the Pyeongchang Olympics after their appeals were delayed until after the games.

Late invitations could result in other Russians being cut, especially in sports such as hockey where a full roster is already registered.

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