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Russians challenge IOC over Olympic snub

08 February 2018

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee turned down a Russian request to allow 13 athletes and two coaches, who were among the 28 to have their bans lifted, to take part in the Games.

They include those who had their life bans lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) last week.

"But we have enough confidence in Africa that we said we do not want to wait so long, let's go in 2022 with the Youth Olympic Games (YOG)", added Bach, declining to name which African country he had in mind for the full Olympics. This evidence includes data from the laboratory information management system (LIMS) database, traces of banned substances, evidence of steroid use and other confidential information, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

John Coates, the Australian IOC member who also oversees CAS operations, said Tuesday that the 32 had also filed appeals in Swiss courts, but didn't give details. The ruling meant that the athletes' results at the 2014 Olympics were also reinstated.

In its February 1 decision, CAS unanimously ruled there was not enough evidence against the 28 Russian athletes to conclude they had committed any anti-doping rule violations.

On Thursday, Cas overturned the suspensions of 28 of those, and partially upheld 11 other appeals.

Any Russians who win late invitations would compete under "Olympic Athletes from Russia" because the Russian team is formally banned for doping at the Sochi Olympics.

Russian Federation was suspended from Pyeongchang after the discovery of a systemic doping conspiracy culminating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - where, as the host nation, they topped the medals table. He promised to publish the reasoning for their decisions as "soon as possible".

However, the IOC opened a loophole when it said a group of Russian athletes deemed "clean" could take part under a neutral flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia". We are confident with the extremely large amount of work.that has gone into making sure that there will be a path for clean athletes to compete at these Games.

The allegations were mostly based on claims by Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping laboratory, who fled Russian Federation in 2015 while facing criminal charges.

Thirty-two Russian athletes have appealed against their exclusion from this month's Winter Olympics.

Russians challenge IOC over Olympic snub