International Olympic Committee rejects Russians cleared by Swiss-based sports tribunal

International Olympic Committee rejects Russians cleared by Swiss-based sports tribunal

International Olympic Committee rejects Russians cleared by Swiss-based sports tribunal

Russians allowed to participate at the Olympics are required to compete under the name of "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR) following the IOC's ruling to disqualify Russia as a country from the Games.

CAS says a hearing is likely Wednesday in Pyeongchang.

Last week, 28 Russians had life bans from the Olympics overturned by CAS, prompting 15 of them to apply to take part in Pyeongchang.

Gangneung: Korean-born speed skater Victor An and 31 other Russian athletes launched a last-ditch appeal on Tuesday against their suspensions from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, following a widespread doping scandal.

Russian gold medalist Alexander Legkov celebrates as he receives his medal for the men's cross-country 50km mass start race during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia Feb 23, 2014.

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The legal firm noted that the sanctioning nature of the IOC's criteria for invitations to the Olympic Games, as well as the abuse of the organisation's monopoly position also served as the basis for the Russian athletes' suit.

While the organizers of the Games - the International Olympic Committee - would prefer to be talking about the excitement of Winter Olympic sports and the star athletes of PyeongChang 2018, instead it's embroiled in courtroom battles.In the next few days, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) - sport's top arbitration body - will hear an appeal by a group of Russian athletes who are challenging the decision to exclude them from the Winter Olympics, nearly a month after they were excluded from the competition. "The Panels in the cases of the 39 Russian athletes are working on them, and we look forward to their publication as soon as possible", he added.

Medvedev, meanwhile, argued the IOC "has trampled on the Olympic Charter and elementary principles of law" by refusing to invite the Russians who had been exonerated by CAS.

In a statement Monday, the International Olympic Committee said part of its ruling was because "the full reasoning for these decisions had not been made public" by CAS.

International Olympic Committee denies 15 Russians entry into Olympics 01:50Among the applicants in this latest appeal is Viktor Anh, a naturalized Russian speed skater who had previously won gold for South Korea, the country of his birth, at the Turin games, and took his career tally to six golds in Sochi four years later.

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This is despite a highly orchestrated plot culminating in Russia's hosting of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where tainted samples were switched through a hole in the anti-doping laboratory's wall.

"I'm sorry, but that is not an appropriate response by the IOC to a flagrant attack on the Olympic Games and on clean athletes by Russian Federation", he said.

"We very much regret it. Our commitment to both is in serious doubt and with respect I don't think we can talk our way out of this problem".

"The IOC, we would never have expected this", Bach said as uncertainty lingers over the Russian athletes.

Even if the athletes' appeal was successful it was highly unlikely for any of them to compete in South Korea.

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