Published: Sat, February 03, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

N. Korean Delegation to Winter Olympics to Arrive in S. Korea Thurs

N. Korean Delegation to Winter Olympics to Arrive in S. Korea Thurs

Eleven other athletes were confirmed to have committed doping offences although CAS said it had reduced their lifetime Olympic bans to a suspension from this year's Games.

It said the fact CAS had confirmed doping violations by 11 athletes "clearly demonstrates once more the existence of a systematic manipulation" at Sochi and that the International Olympic Committee regrets CAS did not apply this "proven existence" for the other 28.

Those cleared to compete in this month's Pyeongchang Winter Games (Feb. 9 - 25) may still not take up their places.

CAS said it found "insufficient" evidence that 28 of the athletes had broken anti-doping rules at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

It has also reinstated their results from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In the urgent verdicts announced Thursday, the two CAS judging panels who heard 39 appeal cases last week in Geneva - and took testimony from Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov - did not give detailed reasons.

The42 has just published its first book, Behind The Lines, a collection of some of the year's best sports stories.

The two Olympic Villages which will house athletes and team officials during the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics officially opened on Thursday.

More news: Migrants clash in Calais leaving four teenagers in critical condition

The British four-man team - led by pilot John Jackson - initially finished fifth, but could be upgraded to bronze after the International Olympic Committee disqualified the two Russian sleds - who finished first and fourth - following re-examination of the doping tests conducted at the time.

A jubilant Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said that "the guys and all of us are happy that justice has finally triumphed", Interfax news agency reported.

"With regard to the participation of athletes from Russian Federation at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the decision of the IOC Executive Board (EB) of 5 December 2017 remains in place".

The 28 athletes include 11 medal winners, among them gold medallists Alexander Legkov (cross-country skiing) and Alexander Tretiakov (skeleton). Russian Federation has repeatedly denied state involvement in doping.

They were also stripped of their medals and banned from future Olympic events, the IOC Disciplinary Commission said.

The Pyeongchang Olympics run from February 9 to February 25 with Russian athletes competing under the Olympic flag as Olympic athletes from Russia.

The IOC said in a statement that the CAS ruling did not undermine its decision to ban the athletes, saying that the court's decision to uphold it against 11 athletes showed a system for concealing doping at Sochi had existed.

Like this: