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Olympic doping ban on 28 Russian athletes lifted

03 February 2018

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said there was "insufficient" evidence to prove doping offences at the Sochi 2014 Games for 28 athletes while in 11 other cases it confirmed doping but reduced the bans to just the February 9-25 Games in South Korea.

Thursday's ruling means Russian athletes banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Games can now seek to participate.

The International Olympic Committee banned Russian Federation from the upcoming Winter Olympics after a report on a vast state-sponsored doping scheme was uncovered in the previous Games.

A total of 22 North Korean athletes will compete in the PyeongChang Games, covering 3 sports and 5 disciplines.

Russian Federation was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from participating in the February 9 to February 25 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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CAS revealed that it will give reasoned decisions for overturning the bans in due course.

In making its decision, the CAS also reinstated the results of the athletes in Sochi.

Those whose results have been reinstated at the Sochi 2014 Olympics include skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov and cross-country ski gold medalist Alexander Legkov.

"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", the spokesman noted. The IOC still has to approve the decision regarding the medals.

On December 5, the International Olympic Committee disqualified the entire Russian team from the Games in PyeongChang in the wake of a probe into alleged doping violations by the country's athletes and sporting officials.

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In a separate CAS case, another 11 Russians lost their appeals against sanctions for committing doping violations.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any state involvement in state-sponsored doping. "Therefore, the International Olympic Committee will analyse the reasoned decisions very carefully once they are available and consider consequences, including an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal".

The Russian government vehemently denies ever supporting doping.

Instead, the IOC has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Walden told AFP the ruling was "unfortunate" and suggested it "provides a very small measure of punishment for some athletes but a complete?get out of jail free card? for most".

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Chudinov was fifth in the men's skeleton in Sochi and later became a coach for the Russian national skeleton team.

Olympic doping ban on 28 Russian athletes lifted