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Russian athletes have appeal to compete in Winter Olympics dismissed

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Ellis Copeland | 10 February, 2018, 02:48

The CAS statement said: "In its decisions, the CAS arbitrators have considered that the process created by the IOC to establish an invitation list of Russian athletes to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision". Dozens more filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS's decision to deny the appeal of the athletes, hours before the games began in Pyeongchang, was taken by a panel comprising three people - a Swiss, an Australian and a Canadian.

Three former National Hockey League players - Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin - also lost appeals, though it was widely considered unlikely they would have played even if they had been successful because the Russian roster is already full.

The Russian situation has proved highly contentious in the build-up to Pyeongchang, after their team was banned but a certain number of "clean" Russian athletes were allowed to take part as neutrals. And if they passed the screening test, they would be allowed to participate without displaying their country's color or flag.

"The applications filed by Russian athletes and coaches have been dismissed", CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told a packed news conference.

The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but did say it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible.

In the coastal South Korean city of Gangneung, Russia has given its supporters a place to celebrate the athletic success as the country's sport faces increased scrutiny over a doping scandal that saw them banned from the Games.

More than 150 Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation are now listed on the official Pyeongchang Games website.

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"We're disappointed with the CAS decision. we believed in better but received this instead".

"You hope justice has been served but how some of these athletes can keep dirty medals from Sochi but be excluded now is hard to reconcile, " Tygart said. In 2016, Richard McLaren, head of the WADA investigative team, presented a two-part report alleging the existence of a state-supported doping program in Russian Federation.

The IOC, however, announced that it will not invite 13 of the athletes and two of the coaches who are still active.

A total of 47 Russian team members, including Olympic biathlon champion Anton Shipulin and six-time Olympic gold medalist in short-track skating Viktor Ahn, were named ineligible to compete at the upcoming Games after the IOC-appointed Invitation Review Board refused to add them to the list of approved athletes.

That means they will compete under the Olympic flag and wearing uniforms without national insignia.

The bombshell investigation uncovered state-sponsored doping from "at least late 2011 to August 2015", including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted there had been "instances of doping use in Russia", but said the issue was a global problem. It's not clear how that process would work.

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