Russian Olympic Committee regrets 47 athletes and coaches dismissal from 2018 games

Russian Olympic Committee regrets 47 athletes and coaches dismissal from 2018 games

Russian Olympic Committee regrets 47 athletes and coaches dismissal from 2018 games

Dozens more filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Speed skater Olga Graf, who won two bronze in Sochi, said last month that she had turned down the International Olympic Committee invitation to compete.

Endurance athletes in Pyeongchang will be heavily tested for the endurance booster EPO, and anti-doping officials fear that athletes have taken to using tiny, so-called "micro" doses to avoid detection.

"That's it. The story is over", Russian delegation spokesman Konstantin Vybornov said. CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said in a statement that arbitrators considered the IOC's invitation process not as a "sanction but rather as an eligibility decision".

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said the International Olympic Committee process "could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision".

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.

Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge and bobsled.

"Especially stripping of medals - that is one of the worst things ever to happen to an athlete who trains for five to six hours a day, adheres to the rhythm, tries to cultivate athletic values in others - such as tolerance, brotherhood, et cetera".

"Every effort has been made to provide a proper playing field for the athletes", WADA President Craig Reedie said. Right now, Galavtine said, no athlete can be sure they are safe. "Athletes can get their heads down and go".

The fashion and flag choices were imposed as part of sanctions against Russia for allegations of widespread doping among Russian athletes in past Olympics.

So, not only will the Russian flag be absent from the opening ceremony, but the country's government officials are forbidden from attending.

Also on the list are former National Hockey League players Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin, who had been considered possible candidates for the Russian team in Pyeongchang.

In the aftermath of that decision, the International Olympic Committee decided not to extend an invitation to those with overturned bans - saying the decision "had not lifted the suspicion of doping".

The news was just the latest twist in a drama that stretches back to the last Winter Olympics, where investigators discovered the Russians were engaged in a state-run doping program.

The IOC confirmed that only athletes who have "fulfilled the pre-games testing requirements", including the IRP's criteria, "as well as the required reanalysis from stored samples", would be allowed to compete at the Games. "And begging for invitations all the time is beyond reasonable", he said. "That was within the IOC's discretion".

Cazeneuve initially projected Russian Federation would win two gold medals in Pyeongchang, close to the three in Vancouver.

So there will still be 150 Russian athletes competing this year.

However, Jim Walden, lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, cautioned that it was only a "small semblance of justice for clean athletes".

Six years later, Putin had an opportunity to repeat the trick, during the 2014 Winter Olympics hosted by Russian Federation.

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