Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Winter Olympics: Russian athletes appeal against ban

Winter Olympics: Russian athletes appeal against ban

However, the IOC has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name Olympic Athletes from Russia, provided they meet strict guidelines on doping.

The IOC has argued that as yet unpublished new evidence - not examined in the CAS process - has given rise to new doping suspicions about the 15 athletes. And Canadian luge athlete Sam Edney, who was robbed of a 2014 Olympic medal when the bans were overturned, called the uncertainty "a nightmare for clean athletes". It said this raised questions about the "integrity of these athletes".

The IOC initially turned down a request for 13 of the 28 - and two coaches - to compete.

According to the statement, the grounds for the lawsuit were the non-transparent nature of the criteria that has been applied, the discrimination based on citizenship grounds, the illegal nature of the decision, failure to comply with the CAS verdict, damage to reputation, dignity and professional careers.

Bach also coined the statement releasead by the CAS, "extremely unsatisfactory given the gravity of the cases". "We will clearly review it".

International Olympic Committee also said there was evidence about the athletes that had not been available to the Oswald Commission, which conducted the investigation into Russian doping.

The 15 were among a group of 28 Russians who had been banned for life from the Olympics for doping, but whose suspensions were overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday. "We feel that this decision shows the urgent need for reforms in the internal structure of CAS".

"We only know about the reasons from a very few sentences in a press release", he told the Associated Press. "So far the panel was not able to produce a reasoned decision which we are eagerly waiting for".

John Coates, an IOC member and also the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, tried to assure Bach the judicial reasoning would be forthcoming. "We look forward to their publication as soon as possible".

After the CAS decision, Russia's Olympic Committee requested that 13 active athletes and two who had become coaches should be allowed to participate in the February 9-25 Games but the IOC has refused to extend invitations to them.

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