As www.islandstats.com reported in an interview with Bermuda Olympian Patrick Singleton who is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete Commission, IOCAC Representative to Tennis Federation, World Sailing Federation and IBSF and is also an Executive Member of the World Olympians Association, a Special Medal re-allocation ceremonies should take place during next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang to reward those set to benefit from Russian doping disqualification, it is hoped.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hope to invite such athletes, some of whom may already be participating, to the South Korean Games for a “couple of days” during which they would receive their medals.
If Court of Arbitration for Court (CAS) proceedings delay final verdicts until after the Winter Olympics, however, they plan to let athletes decide themselves where and when they would like to receive their medals.
Twenty-two out of the 25 Russian athletes so far retrospectively disqualified by the IOC for involvement in a “systemic manipulation” at their home Games have already filed appeals at CAS here in Lauanne.
It is not yet known when hearings will take place.
This group so far includes 10 athletes and 11 different medal events.
This includes cross-country skiing gold and silver medallist Alexander Legkov, men's skeleton winner Aleksandr Tretiakov and two-time bobsleigh champion, Alexander Zubkov.
“If we can arrive to a solution and we would have final CAS decisions at this time, we’re planning to organize, together with the IOC Athletes’ Commission, dignified medal ceremonies in Pyeongchang,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
“We would then, in this case, invite the athletes from the IOC, together with accompanying persons, and would offer them the opportunity to enjoy the Games for a couple of days and also to enjoy the medals ceremonies."