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February 21 2018, 05:35 | Van Peters
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Among them is the short-track speed skater Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic champion and a legend in the sport.
The IOC has refused to invite the 32 cleared Russian athletes to this month's PyeongChang Winter Games, noting there was evidence about them that had not been available to the IOC commission that had investigated them. They request that CAS overturn the IOC decision and allow them to participate in these Games as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.
"The privilege to be invited requires more than just the absence of a sanction", International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
A group of 13 Russians lost a last-ditch bid to beat their country's doping ban and take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics today, the day before the opening ceremony. Those athletes competing in the Games will remain under scrutiny these next three weeks.
The team of Russian women ski jumping team, which will be participating in the upcoming Olympics under the neutral flag, departed to South Korea on Tuesday.
Responding to Bach's criticism, CAS president John Coates said all athletes "are entitled to have confidence in judicial processes at all levels, more particular before CAS". "The IOC EB, after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes". Unlike those in the group of 45, all six have previously served bans of various lengths for failed doping tests.
The Russian doping scandal has hounded the International Olympic Committee for more than two years.
Bach, asked whether he had presided over a "fiasco", said this week's International Olympic Committee session had overwhelmingly backed a vote of confidence in the handling of the crisis. Moscow drug-testing lab officials admitted to intentionally destroying more than 1,400 drug test samples a few days before a WADA inspection. If they win gold medals, the Olympic anthem will be played.
Fifteen more Russians have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, seeking to be admitted to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
This week Pound, a former Olympic swimmer for Canada, criticized the IOC, saying the sanctions against Russian Federation have not gone far enough.
It also encouraged athletes to avoid distractions, saying, "We believe it is time for you to focus on your sport and what you have worked so hard for over the last few years". "We're talking about how we respond to attacks on those fundamental values by a country that voluntarily agreed to respect those values and which then deliberately attempted to destroy them".
The IOC also banned 43 Russians for life from the Olympics following a further inquiry.
"We stand by and renew our call (made 9 August 2017) for "the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to improve and strengthen its independence and continually strive to increase the quality of its arbitrators".