A total of 168 athletes from Russian Federation are participating in the Games being held in South Korea's PyeongChang on February 9-25. Matthieu Reeb, the CAS secretary general, delivered the news, reading from a prepared statement, but did not field any questions.
Schellenberg Wittmer, from the Swiss law firm representing the Russian athletes, said "our clients consider - rightly so - that the decisions are unfair and harmful. their Olympic dreams have been shattered".
CAS also concluded there was no evidence the two International Olympic Committee panels "improperly exercised their discretion". All but one of the 169 athletes that were cleared to compete are taking part in Pyeongchang as neutral Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.
"I dedicate this bronze medal to all the guys who weren't able to go to these Olympics", said Elistratov, who won gold in the 5000m relay at the 2014 Sochi Games.
They have the third largest delegation at the Games after the United States and Canada, with 168 athletes. The IOC had said it wouldn't invite athletes previously banned for doping. "I think they [the IOC] have let down clean athletes". In Russia's case, the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver where it ranked 11th, is said to have triggered the mass cheating.
In events Thursday and Friday, Russian curlers, ice skaters, ski jumpers and downhill skiers all took part in qualifying rounds, while many more athletes have been training on the Pyeongchang slopes and arenas. "Just focus on competition now at this point".
On December 5, 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. "The second aspect of the Lausanne proceedings was actually similar to the one in PyeongChang - to permit the participation of athletes". They're competing here under the designation of an "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation". It is necessary to punish those who are not clean, but banning athletes with a sterling reputation in sports is discrimination.
The drawn-out decision and lingering uncertainty have drawn scrutiny to almost every stakeholder involved in the process.
The World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, is taking extra precautions to ensure there will be no irregularities in doping checks at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. WADA officials said the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has failed to meet agreed-upon standards that would allow officials from other countries to have faith in the Russian system again.
The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but did say it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible.
"It is very disappointing that we're in the situation we're in today".
The IOC's vetting procedure for athletes wishing to compete in Pyeongchang has also come in for criticism.
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