Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Winter Olympics: Russia denies launching cyber attacks

Winter Olympics: Russia denies launching cyber attacks

The International Olympic Committee banned Russia following an investigation into scandals about Russian athletes doping in the 2014 Winter Games.

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Two groups of Russian athletes seeking late entry for the Pyeongchang Olympics had their appeals adjourned Wednesday, leaving decisions on their participation to the eve of the opening ceremony at the earliest.

"They request that CAS overturn the IOC decision and allow them to participate in these Games as Olympic Athletes from Russia", CAS said in a statement. "If we need more time, perhaps it will be Friday morning", he added.

On February 7 - the same day that the first preliminary competitions began for several events of the Pyeongchang games - 13 Russian athletes and two coaches made "urgent applications" to the court in an attempt to reverse the IOC's decision to ban them for doping.

Non-transparent invitation criteria, inobservance of the CAS verdict, and damage inflicted to the athletes' reputation, dignity and professional career were the grounds of the Russian appeal compiled by the Swiss law company Schellenberg Wittmer, which acts in the interests of the national team. "I'll just say that we came here to defend our good name and we were fully listened to by the CAS panel", said luge coach Albert Demchenko, who was at the hearing.

CAS upheld the appeal of 28 athletes due to insufficient evidence but the International Olympic Committee still refused to invite them saying the evidence was there.

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"The reasoned decisions in high profile cases are critically important", Coates said.

The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but did say it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible.

All six were originally refused invitations to compete by the IOC.

The 15 applicants include cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, who won gold in the 50 km freestyle and silver in the 4x10 km relay at the 2014 Sochi Games, and skeleton athlete Elena Nikitina, who won bronze, among others.

Another 32, including Korean-born speed skater Victor An, launched a similar appeal on Tuesday. If they win gold medals, the Olympic anthem will be played.

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