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Winter Olympics 2018: CAS upholds Russian ban

Winter Olympics 2018: CAS upholds Russian ban

The screening process was honed into place for Russian athletes after the wide-spread doping scandal was revealed during the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014.

Viktor Ahn competed for South Korea, then switched to Russian Federation and was the most decorated male athlete at the Sochi Olympics. "Maybe it was done specially for this Olympics, and then they will calm down".

"Given that those (the Vancouver Games) were not perceived as being very successful Olympics for them, it gives you an idea of what they will be expected to do now".

There were 168 Russians who passed the vetting process.

Russian Federation has denied any government links to the conspiracy. "And why the International Olympic Committee rushed the process on the Sochi medal decisions is unexplainable and a tragedy for clean athletes". In practice, they're one of the biggest teams in Pyeongchang, with an ROC vice president as team leader and a fully staffed media office.

"Home teams always tend to do a little bit better".

Russian Federation won 33 medals, including 13 golds, in Sochi.

President Putin called whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov a 'jerk' who should be locked up; while Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev responded to the IOC's latest decision not to invite the 28 cleared Russian athletes to the Olympics as 'shameful' and politically induced. "But our athletes are here to compete and they have to win".

The IOC's position: for sure yes, because taking part in the Games is a "privilege", and just because you're not guilty per CAS that does not make you "innocent".

The scandal around the alleged systematic use of prohibited chemicals in Russian sports erupted in 2015, when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accused Russia of multiple violations and suspended Moscow laboratory of RUSADA, the Russian National Anti-Doping Agency.

"Undoubtedly, everybody including the athletes think that the decision is unfair, because representatives of the Russian team have been barred from the competition without reasonable explanation".

The selection of some and the exclusion of others has left athletes and some global sports bodies baffled as to how the IOC compiled the list.

"A small glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark and sordid affair", US anti-doping chief Travis Tygart said.

Worldwide sports organizations say the IOC selection criteria should have been made public sooner than they were.

"I'm having a very unusual feeling..."

"If you're a clean athlete you should compete".

"I don't know why, but they've started talking to us more than ever before".

"They have quite clearly understood that there was systemic manipulation of the anti-doping process, " Reedie said.

The six athletes include two world champion speedskaters, Denis Yuskov and Pavel Kulizhnikov, plus athletes from biathlon and ski jumping. It will not have enough athletes for relays in certain events.

The deputy prime minister in charge of sports said the International Olympic Committee had in place "opaque, controversial" procedures to decide who attends the Games and who does not.

"We are all Russian patriots, all athletes".

For Tatiana Volosozhar, a figure skater who won gold for Russia in 2014, the house should be a beacon of hope for Russian athletes in tough circumstances.

Cazeneuve initially projected Russian Federation would win two gold medals in Pyeongchang, close to the three in Vancouver.

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said the International Olympic Committee process "could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision".

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