CAS rejects appeals of 13 Russians on eve of Olympics

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) also overturned doping bans on the athletes imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following an investigation into alleged systematic doping at the Sochi Games, which Russian Federation hosted four years ago.

The CAS said last week that there was "insufficient evidence" of anti-doping violations against 28 Russian athletes banned for life by the International Olympic Committee as part of its investigation into doping at the Winter Olympics four years ago.

Those six cases had been filed separately with applications by seven members of Russian support staff. CAS said its arbiters reviewed written submissions and "determined that the CAS ad hoc division lacked jurisdiction to deal with any of the two applications".

Russia was banned from taking part in the Games In December after the IOC found the country had engaged in "systemic manipulation" of anti-doping rules, though Russian athletes who can prove they are clean will be "invited" to compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR).

If figure skater Ksenia Stolbova is invited, she could compete as soon as Friday morning in the pairs short program component of the team event. The ban against 11 other athletes was upheld by CAS.

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"Studies had to be done. evidence had to be provided and fair hearings for Russian athletes had to be offered", he said, describing the work of the IOC's disciplinary commission.Former world anti-doping president Dick Pound on Tuesday slammed the IOC's response to Russia, insisting the body's credibility had been badly affected. The decisions for both matters will be issued in due course.

Media reports on Wednesday said that cyber security researchers had found indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and other Olympic organisations in retaliation for Moscow's exclusion from the Games scheduled to last till February 25.

A second group of 15 lodged an application Wednesday seeking to force the International Olympic Committee to invite them to the games. The date when the decision will be announced is not yet known, it reported.

The 15 include cross-country gold medallist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medallist Alexander Tretiakov. If they win gold medals, the Olympic anthem will be played.

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