CAS Overturns Lifetime Bans on 28 Russian Athletes

CAS Overturns Lifetime Bans on 28 Russian Athletes

But Jim Walden, lawyer for Russia's former anti-doping chief-turned whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, slammed the decision.

Russia is back to the first place in the unofficial 2014 Winter Olympics medal tally after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cleared 28 Russian athletes and dropped their life-bans over alleged doping violations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has fully upheld 28 and partially upheld 11 appeals filed by Russian athletes disqualified for life from participating in the Olympic games because of the doping suspicions, the press-release of the court reads.

The decision to clear so numerous banned Russians is a huge blow to the IOC's approach to the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal and will be greeted with fury by athletes and anti-doping groups around the world.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any state involvement in state-sponsored doping.

Aleksandr Zubkov, the double Olympic bobsleigh champion and Russian flag-bearer in Sochi, is among the 11 whose anti-doping rule violations have been upheld, though, as have those of three members of the Russia's second unit in the men's four-man bob in 2014, which means Great Britain's upgrade to bronze is confirmed.

It regretted that the "proven" existence of the systemic manipulation was not considered for the other cases.

Moscow, Feb 1 Russian Federation today welcomed a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift bans on 28 of its athletes accused of doping, and said that its efforts to defend its rights were paying off.

However, the CAS reduced their lifetime Olympic bans to a suspension from this year's Games.

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"This panel's unfortunate decision provides a very small measure of punishment for some athletes but a complete "get out of jail free card" for most", he said.

"It feels unbelievable (that they are coming)", said Choi So Eun, a college student who volunteered for translation and other work during the Olympics, after taking a selfie with a fellow volunteer under a North Korean flag at the Gangneung athletes' village. "It confirms our position on the fact that the vast majority of our athletes are clean".

However, CAS Secretary-General Matthieu Reeb insisted that the ruling "does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent".

Bobsleigher Maxim Belugin was the only Russian athlete of 43 who did not submit an appeal against the International Olympic Committee decision to impose lifetime bans at the end of previous year.

The IOC may now be forced to allow in athletes it deems dopers, eight days before the next Games begins.

But for Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, CAS's ruling proved Moscow never orchestrated a state-sponsored doping programme. All of them were retroactively disqualified from the Sochi games over the doping allegations.

The IOC had previously banned Russian Federation from PyeongChang as a result of its "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system.

Russia are banned from Pyeongchang over the doping scandal but 169 Russian competitors have been cleared to take part as neutrals.

"Therefore, the International Olympic Committee will analyse the reasoned decisions very carefully once they are available and consider consequences, including an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal".

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