Court rejects appeals from Russian athletes barred for 2018 Games

Gwen Vasquez
February 5, 2018

The IOC's disciplinary commission banned 43 Russian athletes for life and disqualified Russia from competing at the Pyeongchang Games over the doping conspiracy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ask the United States and South Korea to conduct a planned joint military drill after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics without scaling it down so as to keep pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile development, a Japanese government source said Saturday.

The IOC is even opening an investigation into the governance of AIBA, which will be carried out by their Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.

"The CAS decision was extremely disappointing and surprising; we never expected this", Bach told journalists during his first press conference of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"CAS has to change its structure in a way that it can ensure that it can better manage the quality and consistency of its jurisdiction".

Speaking at a news conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea, five days before the opening of the Winter Olympics, Bach said the International Olympic Committee had been told no full explanation of the verdict would be released until the end of February. "Then in fact, this award would have a very negative fact on the future fight against doping then a need for these reforms in the internal CAS is more important".

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"I want to make it clear that absence of sanction by CAS does not mean you are entitled to receive invitation by the IOC", Bach said. He says he hopes a final decision on them will be made "in the next couple of days".

More than 50 cross-country skiers set to race at the Games have returned suspicious blood data at least once in their careers, according to The Sunday Times in London and German broadcaster ARD.

The IOC executive board has expressed disapproval with the governance of amateur boxing's world governing body AIBA.

Medals won by drug cheats four years ago will not be redistributed, as the International Olympic Committee must wait for all legal avenues to be exhausted.

"With regards to the reallocation of medals, we have to wait until all legal remedies are exhausted", Bach said.

The IOC admitted 168 Russian athletes to the Games.

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