CAS overturns Russian athletes' lifetime Olympic bans

CAS overturns Russian athletes' lifetime Olympic bans”

This move comes, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday that the sanctions against 28 out of 39 Russian athletes for charges of anti-doping violations have been annulled, as the body had found insufficient evidence that the athletes were guilty.

Those 28 are now in theory eligible to seek late entry for the Games, but their actual participation seems unlikely after the International Olympic Committee defiantly announced "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation".

Regarding Thursday's ruling, CAS said it "unanimously found that the evidence put forward by the International Olympic Committee in relation to this matter did not have the same weight in each individual case".

The ruling reinstates the results for those athletes - including 2014 Russian medalists Alexander Tretiakov and Elena Nikitina in skeleton; Alexander Legkov and Maksim Vylegzhanin in cross-country skiing; Albert Demchenko and Tatyana Ivanova in luge and Olga Fatkulina in speedskating.

The IOC says it will not necessarily invite the 28 Russian athletes who won their Sochi Olympic doping case appeals to compete at the Pyeongchang Games.

More important than the fate of 28 athletes is the damage the affair has done to the sport as a whole. To be eligible to compete in South Korea, they would need to be cleared by the IOC Invitation Review Panel and subsequently selected to join the team of 169 Russian athletes competing as neutrals.

President of the Russian bobsleigh federation Alexander Zubkov was one of the 11 athletes whose doping offences were confirmed and remains stripped of his two gold medals.

"WADA will not comment further on these decisions until it has seen the full reasoning".

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said he was "very glad" about the ruling.

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Wada said the CAS decision would "cause dismay and frustration among athletes".

However, CAS reduced their lifetime Olympic bans to a suspension from this year's Games.

The Oswald Commission, tasked with looking into individual cases of doping, was opened following the findings of the World Anti-Doping Agency's McLaren report.

But WADA said the older BEREG-KIT 2016 - released for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - should be used instead."To that end, through its anti-doping partners, WADA has managed to source enough kits of the earlier model to cover the entire testing program in place for Pyeongchang", WADA said.

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

But it remained unclear whether any of them would be able to compete in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which start on February 9. "I won't know who to trust".

RT asked analysts what the possible consequences of the CAS ruling are and whether the cleared athletes may still have a chance to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The ban on Russia's involvement in the 2018 Games is the severest punishment ever meted out by the IOC on a participating nation, let alone a powerhouse of the Olympic movement.

The Australian Olympic Committee has welcomed the IOC's stand, confident its athletes would not be distracted by the saga.

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