Tribunal overturns doping bans on 28 Russian athletes

Posted February 02, 2018

South Korea will go ahead with other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea despite Pyongyang calling off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday.

Russian officials have rejected Rodchenkov's allegations that there was a state-sponsored doping program in Russia, insisting he was acting alone with individual coaches, athletes and officials.

Sky News understands the International Olympic Committee may appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

However, according to the CAS statement, the court "unanimously found that the evidence put forward by the International Olympic Committee in relation to this matter did not have the same weight in each individual case".

"The CAS decisions today prove that many of those who have been accused are in fact clean athletes", he added.

"I hope that this page will be turned, and moreover, in the very near future", the Russian president told a gathering of his supporters in Moscow ahead of March's presidential election.

Rob Harris, a sports writer from Associated Press, quoted Putin in a tweet which read that "We have never had a doping problem in Russian Federation".

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The International Olympic Committee approved the joint march on January 20 and said the two delegations will enter PyeongChang Olympic Stadium behind the Korean Unification Flag, an image of a blue Korean Peninsula against a white background.

The deputy prime minister himself was banned after being singled out in the report and is now appealing to the court.

On Thursday CAS reinstated results of 28 Russian athletes, making them eligible to compete in the 2018 Winter Games, overturning their life-bans over alleged doping.

That leaves 168 "Olympic Athletes from Russia" who must compete under a neutral flag because of IOC sanctions related to doping at the Sochi Olympics.

A 17-month probe by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found "beyond reasonable doubt" the Russian Ministry of Sport and its Olympic preparation team had allowed state-funded doping at Sochi.

They reclaimed two golds, six silvers and a bronze, putting it back, in theory, on top of the 2014 medals tree.

About 11 other athletes were confirmed by CAS to have committed doping violations.

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