Russians Appeal To Force IOC Invite To Winter Games

Gwen Vasquez
February 8, 2018

The CAS ruling meant the cleared athletes are technically eligible to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

There is an old, anonymous black race suit with tape over several logos. Wearing the shirt - sold by a popular Russian sportswear brand - is just a way to keep warm, she said.

Friedrich Martens, Head of the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM PMC) said on the occasion of the agreement: "Preserving the integrity of the Games is of paramount importance for the International Olympic Committee".

So how many Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, as the contingent is to be called, will march in the opening ceremony on Friday?

But the Olympic body left the door open to Russian athletes without a history of doping to compete as neutrals at its invitation.

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Justifying the decision to snub Russian athletes cleared by CAS, the International Olympic Committee said it had considered "additional elements and/or evidence" which was not available to the Oswald Commission, but was presented to the International Olympic Committee panel by WADA. "If we need more time, perhaps it will be Friday morning". "Maybe they were insulted by our tremendous performance in Sochi, because we finished first overall there", Fatkulina said. "There's a lot of people coming up and saying 'we're happy you're here'". In this case, competitors from an unwelcome country make up a special category of guests. He said that was why dozens of these decisions had come down to the last moment. Forty-three individual Russian athletes were banned by a disciplinary commission in December 2017. Fearing the norovirus and the cold, Japanese athletes did not attend Wednesday's ceremony welcoming them to the athletes village. For women's ice hockey, the North will form a joint team with the South. Instead, the uniforms have to be a darker shade of red than the exact Pantone of the Russian flag. But in Pyeongchang, patriotic displays could land Russian athletes in trouble. "And this will all happen here in this place, in this Olympic Village". They were all banned previous year for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but those verdicts were overturned last week by CAS, sports' highest court.

CAS was scheduled to hear on Wednesday the appeals of six-time Olympic short track champion Viktor Ahn and 31 other Russian athletes not allowed to compete in the Games.

The team of 168 could swell yet further. They could even result in other Russians being sent home.

The 15 members of the national team had tested positive for illegal drugs during the Sochi Olympics in 2016. "They're ruining everything for us".

The late appeal will raise hopes that Ahn, who switched allegiance to Russian Federation in 2011 after falling out with South Korea's skating authorities, can make an emotional end to his Olympic career in his native country.

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