IOC's doping policy in turmoil as 28 Russians have bans lifted

Clyde Nash
February 2, 2018

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the International Olympic Committee suspensions for the athletes and partially upheld appeals for another 11 Russian athletes, who will nevertheless be declared ineligible for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this month.

While it was not clear then if any of the 28 Russians can now seek to compete, some of whom have already retired from competitive sports, the International Olympic Committee was quick to clarify that the CAS ruling "does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited" to the Pyeongchang Games.

Abuja - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned the Olympic doping bans on 28 Russian athletes.

A court for global sports overturned lifetime bans over doping for 28 Russian athletes on Wednesday, dealing a serious setback to the worldwide Olympic Committee's efforts to rein in doping.

The scandal resulted in a lifetime ban for a number of Russian athletes, the revision of the 2014 Olympics results as well as disqualification of the Russian national team from the 2018 Games.

The Russian team initially won 33 medals in Sochi, including 13 golds, to put it ahead of Norway and Canada but they slipped to fourth after the IOC-imposed sanctions.

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"We need to take a long, hard look at sport's leading administrators and sport's legal system when we see the greatest fraud at an Olympic Games and years of institutional doping conspiracy pass by with only minor punishment".

"The decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport proves that energetic work to stand up for our rights in court and elsewhere - it is justified, it can be effective and it should continue", Peskov added.

Just as people decry Amazon for massive tax avoidance and then promptly go back to shopping online, they are anti-doping but will not deny themselves the pleasure of the 100m final however much the facts suggest they are watching sporting fraud.

The 28 who had their bans lifted could now seek late entry into the Pyeongchang Games, which open February 9.

"The result of the CAS decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited to the Games".

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the CAS ruling.

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Among the reinstated athletes are two Olympic gold medalists, bobsledders Dmitry Trunenkov and Aleksei Negodailo; a world champion in skeleton, Aleksander Tretiakov; cross-country skiing gold medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin; and Olga Fatkulina, a world champion in speedskating.

"There were very few questions about individual athletes", he said. "I won't know who to trust".

It expressed its "satisfaction on one hand and disappointment on the other" at Thursday's decision, made eight days before the 2018 Winter Olympics begin in South Korea.

"It's a big victory for them and I'm relieved that justice has finally been done", Philippe Baertsch, a lawyer for the athletes, told The Associated Press.

"I think the Olympics Games is like a birthday party for the International Olympic Committee", hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk said.

"They now think that you are better off cheating or getting your nation to establish a doping system because even if it is discovered, the consequences are minimal".

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President of the Russian bobsleigh federation Alexander Zubkov was one of the 11 athletes whose doping offences were confirmed and remains stripped of his two gold medals.

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