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Friday, February 02, 2018
Russian Athletes Ban Updates
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned sanctions against 28 Russian athletes banned from the Olympic Games for life, with their results from Sochi 2014 being reinstated, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have claimed the 28 Russian athletes who succeeded in appeals against their sanctions for doping violations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will not necessarily be invited to participate at Pyeongchang 2018, while the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have backed the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to consider an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) quashed sanctions against 28 Russian athletes.

In the 28 cases, the CAS ruled "the evidence collected was found to be insufficient to establish that an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was committed by the athletes concerned".

The decision saw the athletes have their results from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics restored, while potentially offering them a chance to compete at Pyeongchang 2018.

However, the IOC have reiterated that "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation" to the Games as part of the neutral Olympic Athletes from Russia team.

A further 11 Russian athletes saw their appeals partially upheld, with CAS stating that anti-doping rule violations were confirmed in these cases.
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