No Pyeongchang invite for Russians cleared by CAS, says Olympic body


The IOC has banned Russian Federation from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics starting later this week over "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system in Sochi but 169 athletes with no history of doping have been invited to compete as neutrals.

Bach held a press conference in South Korea's Pyeongchang, several days before the Olympics will start there on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the IOC Invitation Review Panel declined the request to invite 15 Russian athletes and coaches to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang, despite the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) annulling IOC Disciplinary Commission's Olympic ban of 28 Russian athletes.

The IOC has barred Russian Federation from the Pyeongchang Olympics, which open on Friday, over a widespread doping conspiracy.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it would likely hear the case Wednesday in Pyeongchang.

After stepping up to Chair from Vice Chair at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Angela Ruggiero will see her term end at the close of the Olympic Winter Games on February 25.

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The IOC said after reviewing each case, there were additional suspicions "about the integrity of the athletes".

"They've been left out there, hanging alone, with no protection whatsoever from the Olympic movement", said Pound, adding: "I would say more attention has been paid to getting Russian athletes into the Pyeongchang Games than dealing with the Russian conduct".

It later ruled that 169 athletes who had proved they were clean would be allowed to compete.

"We need to make it clear to the world that our decisions and actions are based on principles that distinguish the Olympic movement from entertainment sports.

They request that CAS overturn the IOC decision and allow them to participate in these games as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation", the CAS said in the statement.

He said the International Olympic Committee knew only what had been released by Cas in a statement and that this was "extremely unsatisfactory given the gravity of the cases". As a result of the probe, a total of 43 Russian athletes were handed lifetime bans from Olympic competitions and stripped of their medals won in Sochi - despite never having tested positive for doping. Bach said the explanation from CAS may not come until the end of February, meaning the International Olympic Committee may not be able to appeal the CAS decision until after Pyeongchang closes.