Russian athletes appeal against IOC's Olympic bans, court says

Russian athletes appeal against IOC's Olympic bans, court says

Anti-doping agencies from 37 different countries, including the USA, have called for a total ban on Russian participation in the 2018 Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board announced in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week that it would suspend the Russian Olympic Committee with "immediate effect".

The Winter Olympics are set to be held February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the IOC said Tuesday - but the athletes will have to pass strict scrutiny, and instead of wearing their nation's uniform, they will compete under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

"How am I supposed to be convinced that they're clean when every day there is a new scandal about a Russian athlete from Sochi who wasn't clean?"

The IOC on Tuesday banned Russian Federation from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system.

McLaren's report in 2016 found more than 1,000 Russian competitors in over 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period. She wasn't completely comfortable allowing Russian athletes to compete as neutrals.

The scientist is now living under federal protection in the United States.

Russian athletes have also responded, but focused more on what should happen with coming events than their peers who have committed the doping acts: Svetlana Zhurova, a Russian ice skating Olympic champion, said clean athletes should be allowed to compete as well as be allowed to do so under the Russian flag; Alexei Voevoda, a Russian bobsledder and Olympic champion, said athletes in the past were banned for a few years already, and that banning athletes for life is not in the spirit of sports.

Six-time Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, who was elected to the IOC athletes' commission in 2014, aligns with Kershaw in placing the blame on Russia's sport leaders and not the athletes.

Zhukov had said the formal decision on whether Russian athletes will travel to Pyeongchang would likely be made at a gathering of its Olympic committee and its squads next week.

"I think those are conversations we're going to have to have". "Then you have to add all the Games-time testing on top of that". "I am proud of my country; it is a great honor for me to represent it at the games".

Schultz said she was shocked at the news at first, but not totally surprised.

Of the growing number of athletes who have been stripped of their medals, Bach said the International Olympic Committee is looking at how to give clean athletes who are elevated to the podium the recognition they deserve months and years after they competed. But 22 Russian athletes this week appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against their disqualifications from Sochi over their alleged role in the cover-up.

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