On paper, Russia's Olympic podium probabilities sturdy regardless of ban

Phil Noble  Reuters

Phil Noble Reuters

As for what they will be wearing, a post to Twitter by Igor Eronko, hockey writer for the Russian newspaper Sport Express, seemed to suggest the jerseys would be legitimate, even if they have to bear the words "Olympic Athlete From Russia" on them.

In suspending the Russian Olympic Committee, the IOC offered individual athletes the chance to come to the 2018 Games, as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", and "via prescribed conditions - a process that was created to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed cabinet members to organize alternative games with the same monetary rewards as the ongoing Winter Games, the Vedomosti business daily reported last week. Perhaps most notably, the report found that Russia orchestrated a complex scheme of urine swapping involving Russian security agents during the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

The 27-year-old Elistratov is one of 168 athletes competing as a neutral "Olympic Athlete from Russia", after Russia's team was suspended as punishment for systemic doping.

Such a development is possible if representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee, as well as Russian athletes, fully comply with decisions of the IOC.

The worldwide Olympic Committee has not yet received $ 15 million from the Olympic Committee of Russia (OKR), said the head of the IOC Thomas Bach.

Olympic champions of decades past sat in a VIP zone upstairs, overlooking a hall where Russian fans - and some local Russophiles - mingled around a buffet.

The IOC issued a statement saying: "We welcome this decision which supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes".

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South Korea-born Ahn is the most decorated short-track speedskater in Olympic history with six gold medals.

However, the CAS decision may not be the end of the matter.

USA athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty of participation of some Russian athletes.

The World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the CAS ruling.

"The athletes are sort of celebrating the decision in a way", said America's Angela Ruggiero, chair of the International Olympic Committee athletes commission. CAS was considering their appeals all week, unable to deliver final decisions until the morning the Olympics ceremonially begin.

Gold medal winners will not hear Russia's anthem but instead, the Olympic one and they can not wave Russian flags inside Olympic venues. "That was within the IOC's discretion, and they didn't exercise it arbitrarily. The IOC and CAS have been complicit in enabling Russian doping", Walden said in a statement. "That's what I hope".

"Today's decision by the CAS.is a small semblance of justice for clean athletes". There were 232 Russian athletes in Sochi, where the host country typically receives more entries, 177 in Vancouver and 190 in Turin.

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