Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Fifteen banned Russian athletes lodge second appeal to top sports court

Fifteen banned Russian athletes lodge second appeal to top sports court

Other athletes whose cases are to be heard include Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic gold medalist in short-track speedskating, and Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skiing gold medalist.

CAS today adjourned that appeal and said a hearing of its ad hoc division would continue tomorrow, a day before the opening of the games.

A memo has been sent to all members of Canada's Olympic delegation to warn them about their conduct during Pyeongchang 2018 following a verbal exchange between one individual and a Russian athlete.

In Pyeongchang on Wednesday, Bach blamed the Court of Arbitration for Sport for causing confusion and uncertainty last week when it upheld an appeal by 28 Russian athletes, judging that the evidence against them was "insufficient to establish that an antidoping rule violation was committed by the athletes concerned".

Dozens of Russians, including some who had not been named in the investigations or had any prior doping offences but were still not invited, have since lodged appeals with CAS seeking to be admitted to the Games.

Coates says "32 Russian athletes have appealed to Swiss courts and CAS again" after the International Olympic Committee invited 169 Russians to Pyeongchang but left out some top medal hopes.

"We have already given advice to them", said Pozdnyakov, who expects about 80 OAR competitors to march at the opening ceremony.

07 de febrero de 2018, 16:11Moscow, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Russia denounced a provocation campaign Wednesday against it to accuse this country of being involved in interferences for the preparation of the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of PyengChang.

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The CAS said last week that there was "insufficient evidence" of anti-doping violations against 28 Russian athletes banned for life by the International Olympic Committee as part of its investigation into doping at the Winter Olympics four years ago.

"This was a very clear message after all the arguments had been addressed", said Bach, adding that the "timing (of Russia's suspension) was not in our hands".

Evidence and investigative panels have shown Russian Federation meticulously planned a doping program to ensure a good performance at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.

However, the commission said that the 'massive denial for clean Russian athletes violates the principle of equality and contests efficiency of justice.

If any of those athletes win medals, they will stand under the Olympic flag instead of a Russian flag.

"No evidence will be certainly produced to the world, as before".

A decision is expected on both cases either late Thursday or early Friday, CAS said.

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