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Anti-doping enforcement coming under more and more scrutiny, sports lawyer says

10 February 2018

Russia's absence from the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony where its athletes marched as independents due to the country's drug scandal, was a positive sign in the fight against doping, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.

The investigation said that the urine samples of 12 Russian medalists at the Sochi Winter Olympics, where Russia won 33 medals, showed signs of tampering.

The IOC's vetting process was created to exclude Russian athletes from the games if IOC officials weren't sure they were clean, even if they hadn't been banned for doping.

The Reuters examination of Russia's 2018 Olympians' results did not focus on the Sochi Games, over which Russian Federation has faced allegations of orchestrating one of the biggest doping cover up schemes in sport.

Since the ban, 169 Russian athletes have been cleared by the IOC to compete in all 15 of this year's events under the Olympic flag-more than Team Germany (157) and host South Korea (145).

Gold medal winners will not hear Russia's anthem but instead, the Olympic one and they can not wave Russian flags inside Olympic venues. "So we put together a case before CAS, and we're delighted with the outcome".

WADA president Craig Reedie described it as "absolutely correct".

The IOC's position: for sure yes, because taking part in the Games is a "privilege", and just because you're not guilty per CAS that does not make you "innocent". "We'll go to the federal Supreme Court of Switzerland", Parkhomenko said, according to Russian state news agency TASS. Thus, we call for stronger leadership from sport to protect clean athletes and their right to doping-free sport. ". The best thing we can do for clean sport is to make sure there is a really strong anti-doping agency in Russian Federation".

Russia's team for the Pyeongchang Olympics could be as formidable as previous ones even though the government says it was decimated by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to bar man of its medal hopefuls.

Don't worry, a brand new country with the most boring colors ever didn't just materialize overnight: OAR stands for "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation". "That was within the IOC's discretion, and they didn't exercise it arbitrarily".

The OAR label is a compromise - an attempt by the International Olympic Committee, the body that oversees the Olympic Games, to not punish every Russian for the misdeeds of their compatriots and government. With respect to these 28 athletes, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi 2014 are reinstated'. If you're not a clean athlete then you should not compete.

Anti-doping enforcement coming under more and more scrutiny, sports lawyer says