CAS Rejects Appeals from 47 Russian Athletes Over Drug Scandal

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The IOC suspended Russian Federation from the Winter Olympics in December following allegations of state-sponsored doping, though a contingent of competitors have been granted permission to compete under a neutral flag.

It was not clear whether the Swiss court would have been able to rule on the issue in time to give any of the Russian athletes a chance to compete in Pyeongchang.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are without any official representation from Russian Federation.

The IOC's decision to ban all Russian athletes until they are proven innocent amounts to a collective punishment of an entire national Olympic team, including coaches and top officials.

In explaining its ruling, Cas's arbitrators said the IOC's decision to create an invitation list of Russian athletes to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday the CAS ruling was understandable but disappointing. However, many appealed. There were 28 Russian athletes whose sanctions were lifted, and 11 Russian athletes had their lifetime ban lifted while their previous disqualifications were upheld.

Local fans had something to cheer as South Korea beat 9-4 at the curling centre in the coastal town of Gangneung. As details spilled out during the run-up to the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC ducked responsibility, allowing individual global sports federations to decide whether Russian athletes could compete. His findings were published in July 2016. There were 232 Russian athletes in Sochi, where the host country typically receives more entries, 177 in Vancouver and 190 in Turin.

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"The procedure of inviting or not inviting is similar those of a commercial private club tournament", he told Russia's official state news agency TASS. The 45 athletes in the court decision had claimed the International Olympic Committee had wrongly excluded them from competing as neutrals.

"McLaren's mission was accomplished", the report by the hacker group said. The allegation of a state-sponsored programme was quietly dropped, replaced by an allegation of an "institutionalised" doping conspiracy.

"I hope that the restoration of RUSADA will not take place in 2020, when the Summer Olympics will be held, but much earlier", he added.

Integrity is the crux of the matter.

"At UK-level, we have also seen growing willingness among athletes charged with doping offences, and/or subject to doping bans, to raise a legal challenge against those verdicts", Mitchell said.

A risky precedent has been established in worldwide sport policy.

"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".

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