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Winter Olympics: IOC rejects request for 15 reinstated Russian athletes

Winter Olympics: IOC rejects request for 15 reinstated Russian athletes

According to an official International Olympic Committee figure, 168 Russian athletes now deemed "clean" will be participating in the Olympics in PyeongChang, but under a neutral flag.

"The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020", AFP quoted a released statement.

So, not only will the Russian flag be absent from the opening ceremony, but the country's government officials are forbidden from attending.

The 15 were among the 28 whose bans were lifted by CAS last week.

Russia, with its highly orchestrated, clandestine doping programme in full swing, topped the medals table at their home Sochi Games four years ago.

At a meeting in Pyeongchang on Tuesday, Pound said: "The IOC has not only failed to protect clean athletes but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes. Everyone in the delegation knows the rules and is ready to respect these rules".




Later, Thomas Bach stated that he is disappointed of CAS decision and called for reformation of the court.

"The timing there was not in our hands", he said.

Russia's suspension follows a highly orchestrated plot culminating during its hosting of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where tainted samples were switched through a hole in the anti-doping laboratory's wall. "This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)".

The Panel is now holding a hearing with the 32 athletes who filed their application at the CAS Ad Hoc division on 6 February 2018.

But the International Olympic Committee said Monday its invitation review panel examined applications on behalf of the 15 individuals and had lingering suspicions about potential anti-doping violations. With respect to the OARs, however, Bach, said they will be strictly prohibited from using the Russian flag - or face the consequences.

The IOC has refused to invite the 32 cleared Russian athletes to this month's PyeongChang Winter Games, noting there was evidence about them that had not been available to the IOC commission that had investigated them. With 2,925 men and women set to participate, it averages out to almost 38 condoms per athlete over the two-week period, although they will also be accessible to Olympic staff.


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