Appeal hearings begin for Russians ahead of Olympics
Appeal hearings begin for Russians ahead of Olympics
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09 February, 2018, 02:09
As a result Russia's track and field team was banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and Russian Federation was banned from the Pyeongchang winter Olympics starting on Friday, with the athletes competing as neutrals under the Olympic flag.
The IOC past year banned Russian Federation from Pyeongchang for what it called "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at the Sochi Games.
CAS ruled there was insufficient evidence to show they had broken doping rules during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The delay on their appeal against an International Olympic Committee (IOC) doping ban guarantees that the Russian athletes - including two leading speed skaters - will miss the Pyeongchang games.
Mogul Skier Marika Pertakhiya of Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Park on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
Other athletes whose cases will be heard include Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic gold medalist in short-track speedskating, and Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skiing gold medalist.
On February 6, a similar appeal was made to the court by 32 other banned Russian athletes.
But Bach said: "The absence of sanctions by CAS does not mean that you are entitled to receive an invitation from the International Olympic Committee because receiving this invitation is a privilege of clean Russian athletes".
The IOC, which has cleared 169 Russians to compete at PyeongChang, said that "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation".
The CAS was scheduled to announce a decision but the hearings could not be completed on Wednesday.
However, Nikitina was one of 28 Russians to have their bans overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), leaving Uhlaender unsure if or when she would ever get her hands on the Sochi bronze.
That will be just nine hours before the opening ceremony. Investigations also found evidence that workers in Russian labs tampered with samples to keep the countrys athletes from failing drug tests.
"Dreams of athletes willing to participate in Olympics who have fairly won the right for it are being destroyed, and irreparable damage is being caused to basic ideals, values of Olympism", it said.
IOC President Thomas Bach lambasted the superior sports court for clearing banned Russian team members, saying that they "cannot have a situation of [the] CAS losing its credibility with athletes".
The battle to compete may not be over even if the court upholds the appeals.
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