Russians appeal to CAS seeking Winter Games spots

Russians appeal to CAS seeking Winter Games spots

A further 15 Russian athletes have appealed against their exclusion from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which open on Friday.

"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. CNN's Masters & McKirdy reported among the reinstated athletes were cross-country skiing Gold Medalist Alexander Legkov, men's skeleton Gold Medalist Alexander Tretiakov and women's skeleton world champion Elena Nikitina.

In response to the IOC's actions, 32 banned Russian national team members, including Sochi Olympic champions short track skater Viktor Ahn and biathlete Anton Shipulin, filed a lawsuit with the Ad Hoc Division of CAS to challenge their non-invitation.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said AIBA had been asked to provide more information about accusations of fixing at the Rio Olympics, where a group of officials were sent home following a number of controversial decisions.

Pound, a former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, also says the International Olympic Committee "should not be reluctant to proceed" with appeals of a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision that reinstated 28 Russians banned for doping at the 2014 Olympics.

The IOC said it had "additional elements and/or evidence" that included "traces of prohibited substances and evidence of steroid profile manipulation".


Pound argues that "we talk more than we walk" on anti-doping, as the IOC allowed Russians to compete under the Olympic flag, rather than issuing a blanket ban. The IOC is also refusing to invite 13 of those that are still active.

But 169 Russians who have passed strict anti-doping protocols will compete under a neutral flag as Olympic Athletes from Russia. CAS has said those might not be ready until the end of the month.

"We at the time received reports from a committee established by AIBA which was dismissing these concerns", Bach said.

"We feel that this decision shows the urgent need for reforms in the internal structure of CAS", he added.

John Coates, an IOC member and also the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, tried to assure Bach the judicial reasoning would be forthcoming.

"We await the decision as everyone else does, but most importantly we're very confident of our position". It also outlined that citizenship discrimination, inobservance of the CAS verdict, and damage inflicted to the athletes' reputation, dignity and professional career were the grounds for opening legal procedures.

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