International Olympic Committee chief 'disappointed' over lifting of Russian doping bans

Ruben Hill
February 10, 2018

Thirteen Russian athletes and two coaches banned for life for doping and then controversially cleared of wrongdoing may be headed to the Pyeongchang Olympics after all, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.

"We have never doubted our athletes are clean, and now we should do everything to make sure the athletes, justified by CAS, could participate in the Games", the deputy prime minister said.

"We hope, this issue would be faced in cooperation, in discussions", he continued.

"We should drop emotions and talk law, as we see a breach of the basis norm - not to punish the innocent", Mutko said.

"The IOC, we would never have expected this", Bach said February 4 in Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics start February 9.

A statement released by the International Olympic Committee on Monday outlined why the 15 athletes have been denied an invite to the games, citing the reasoning of the CAS behind the decision to overturn the ban "had not been made public".

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea IOC President Thomas Bach has strongly criticized the midweek ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that lifted Olympic doping bans for 28 Russian athletes, calling it "extremely disappointing and surprising".

The IOC admitted 168 Russian athletes to the Games.

It later ruled that 169 athletes who had proved they were clean would be allowed to compete. The IOC in December banned 43 Russian athletes for life from the Olympics, but CAS overturned the suspensions of 28 athletes and partially upheld 11 other appeals.

The IOC is even opening an investigation into the governance of AIBA, which will be carried out by their Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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