Russians appeal to CAS seeking Olympic spots

Figure Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Training – Gangneung Ice Arena- Gangneung South Korea

Figure Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Training – Gangneung Ice Arena- Gangneung South Korea

Russian State Duma official Mikhail Degtyarev says Russia and other countries will initiate changes in WADA after the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, following the ban on most of the country's athletes from the Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday dismissed an appeal from the athletes and two coaches requesting to be invited to the Games, fewer than nine hours prior to Friday night's opening ceremony.

CAS has ruled the IOC's process over the involvement of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation "could not be described as a sanction, but rather an eligibility decision".

The court further clarified that the ruling was not carried out in a "discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner".

"Although the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) was suspended, the IOC nevertheless chose to offer individual athletes the opportunity to participate in the Winter Games under prescribed conditions - a process that was created to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia". Although 169 Russians were invited to the 2018 Winter Games, the exclusions will seriously dent Russian medal hopes in PyeongChang.

But dozens of Russian athletes who had hoped to compete under the neutral flag were deemed ineligible by the world Olympic body.

The decision comes one day after the CAS panel said it lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeals of six Russian athletes and seven members of the athletes' entourages, who had also sought to have their bans overturned.

"The list on which the Invitation Review Panel (IRP) based its considerations (on) covers a wide range of information", said Valérie Fourneyron, the Chair of the International Testing Agency (ITA).

The IOC's decision wasn't to have a blanket ban on all the athletes.

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.

Picture of the logo of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) taken on September 20, 2016 at the headquarter of the organisation in Montreal.

Mo, who won a gold medal at the men's 500 meter speed skating at 2010 Vancouver, had the honor of representing some 3,000 athletes in their pledge of commitment to the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. If you're not a clean athlete then you should not compete. "The idea that I proposed at the International Olympic Committee is a very constructive way to move the dial on how sport can improve".

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

"We're at a time where people want this thing fixed", she said.

Fifteen of those who lost their bids on Friday were among a group of 28 who controversially had life bans from the Olympics overturned last week by CAS, which cited insufficient evidence. In addition to this, the athletes had to go through a screening process to ensure they hadn't violated the doping rules.

But the Sports House, which was inaugurated on Friday for the fans of Russian Olympic athletes, makes up for the blandness of their neutral uniforms.

"That is great news", said USA women's skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender, who placed fourth in the Sochi Olympics - one spot behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, who was one of the 45 appealing her ban.

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