Russian athletes excluded from PyeongChang for doping can't compete

Viktor Ahn

Viktor Ahn won three gold medals at Sochi 2014

The highly politicized Pyeongchang Olympics are officially opening, but not without some last-minute drama as the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that 45 Russian athletes will still be excluded from the games.

Mutko, who in December was banned for life from the Olympics, told Russian news agency TASS: "The procedure of inviting or not inviting is similar those of a commercial private club tournament".

The Games begin later on Friday to end February 25. "This all will diminish competition and attention to the Games".

Jim Walden, the lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, renewed calls for IOC President Thomas Bach to resign "for the sake of the Olympic ideal".

However, Jim Walden claimed the International Olympic Committee and CAS were "complicit in enabling Russian doping" and called for the resignation of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who has presided over a chaotic build-up to a second successive Games, after Rio 2016.

The decision comes one day after the CAS panel said it lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeals of six Russian athletes and seven members of the athletes' entourages, who had also sought to have their bans overturned.

The decision leaves intact the total of 168 Russian athletes who were allowed to come to Pyeongchang to compete, after they passed additional scrutiny.

In Russia, the lower house of Russian parliament - the State Duma - issued a statement deploring the CAS verdict as a reflection of "crude pressure and political struggle in a sports field defying Olympic principles".

Yoel Romero not eligible for interim UFC title after missing weight
Jussier Formiga was over weight for his flyweight battle against Ben Nguyen featured on the preliminary card. However, despite the two hour allotment to get his weight down, Romero was unable to hit the mark.

Angela Ruggiero of the IOC athletes' commission said the decision sent a message to athletes that "you should be incredibly confident that every athlete, including the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, have had to clear incredibly high hurdles to get here".

Friday's ruling related to two separate cases, one involving 32 athletes and another involving 15 individuals, 13 of them athletes, two of them coaches. "That's what I hope".

"Although the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) was suspended, the IOC nevertheless chose to offer individual athletes the opportunity to participate in the Winter Games under 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". Nor did they act improperly. "You can't keep them out.' But Russia doesn't have an Olympic team". However, the panel's observance of the requirement raised numerous questions, as a clean doping record didn't guarantee an Olympic berth for a number of Russian athletes, including Ahn.

The group of 47 who were turned away includes Victor Ahn, a short track speed skater who has won multiple gold medals in previous Olympics, including in Sochi. Now both will return home.

Shattered dreams: World's most decorated short tracker Viktor Ahn barred from home Olympics The world's most decorated short track speed skater, Viktor Ahn, has been barred from competing at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the country of his birth, after the International Olympic Committee refused to invite him to the Games.

Schellenberg Wittmer, from the Swiss law firm representing the Russian athletes, said "our clients consider - rightly so - that the decisions are unfair and harmful. their Olympic dreams have been shattered".

Skeleton's Nikitina was stripped of her bronze medal from Sochi 2014.

Latest News