Doping: More athletes from Russian Federation may make it to Olympics

Cesar Mills
February 5, 2018

His comments come just six days ahead of the opening of the Games and follows the CAS decision to overturn life bans on 28 Russian athletes linked to doping.

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

"I know the President (the IOC's Thomas Bach) is keen to make a statement about that tomorrow as well".

"(But) you can only look into an appeal seriously when you have the reasoned decision, which we do not have.

"From the fact that refereeing is part of the decision we already took in December a year ago and we were requesting more information, you can conclude we're still looking into this issue", Bach added.

Physical therapy professor Alexandre Lopes is among the global experts in Pyeongchang studying the performance of the athletes for the worldwide Olympic Committee. And this is why we are so disappointed and unsatisfied with the fact this reasoned decision does not exist...

The Winter Olympic run from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Bach added that the IOC is still to receive from the Russian Olympic Committee the USA dollars 15million fine demanded in December.

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International Olympic Committee earlier announced it would not invite some leading Russian athletes to the Olympics, among who are short-track skater Viktor Ahn, biathlete Anton Shipulin, skier Sergei Ustyugov, speed skaters Pavel Kulizhnikov and Denis Yuskov, and figure skaters Ksenia Stolbova and Ivan Bukin.

Bach said that the IOC expects the decisions to come in "the next couple of days", by the invitation panel and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation independent review panel.

'Receiving this invitation is a privilege for a clean Russian athlete.

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.

After its Executive Board meeting today, the IOC announced that they remained dissatisfied with AIBA, the governing body for Olympic boxing, and that its ruling to suspend all payments to AIBA, which was made in December, would remain in place. Neither has made any yet.

'Unfortunately, here in Pyeongchang, this reallocation of medals can not happen yet, ' Bach said.

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.

The executive board will also examine the presence of North Korea at the Games, their first participation in a Winter Olympics since 2010.

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