Rodchenkov lawyer hopes International Olympic Committee appeals Russian reinstatements

Russian athletes ‘overwhelmed with joy’ by CAS ruling to uphold Olympic appeals
Phil Noble Reuters
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02 February, 2018

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.

CAS stated that there was sufficient evidence to establish that 11 athletes were guilty of anti-doping rule violations and declared them ineligible to compete in the Games in South Korea, but lifted their lifetime bans.

In a further 11 cases anti-doping violations were confirmed, but their lifetime bans have been reduced just to cover the 2018 Winter Games, which start in Pyeongchang on February 9.

The court ruling was also set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

IOC officials were stunned by the decision by sport's top court to reverse life bans on dozens of Russians athletes and the issue is expected to hijack the agenda at a two-day IOC board meeting from Saturday, followed by a full session of IOC members over two days from Monday.

All 28 Russian athletes can now seek late entry into the Olympics in South Korea next week.

The IOC said that the CAS ruling "does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited" to this month's Games in Pyeongchang.

"We have stated many times that certainly, we will continue supporting our athletes through all possible channels in any steps aimed at defending their rights", Peskov said on Thursday.

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However, Grigory Rodchenkov's most recent direct accusations against Vladimir Putin (who, according to the former chairman of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, was personally supervising the "doping system" in Russian sports) indicate that the WADA informer "was either trying to enhance his reputation, or someone asked him to express certain judgments".

Among those whose life bans were scrapped is Alexander Legkov, 34, who won gold in Sochi in the 50-kilometre freestyle cross-country skiing event and silver in the 4x10km relay, only to have his results annulled over the doping allegations. The 11 remain banned for this Winter Olympics but not from future editions.

"And we are hoping that this work will certainly continue", he told reporters.

Russian Federation is now appealing to the International Olympic Commuty to allow these 28 athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. We would like to see what is said about the athletes who were not fully exonerated. And they do retain the right to block all of the athletes who have been cleared today on this very odd evidence that was put forward.

"It's not the end to my World Cup career that I was looking for", Edney said on Saturday.

The Australian Olympic Committee has welcomed the IOC's stand, confident its athletes would not be distracted by the saga.

Mutko called on the International Olympic Committee to allow them to enter, saying "we assume that those athletes who are ready, who have qualified, who have quotas in their sport, will all be entered for the Olympics", and that "if the International Olympic Committee does not accept them, then we will support them in cases which could be filed at CAS and other legal instances".


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