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PYEONGCHANG, Southern Korea (AP) — The Global Olympic Committee rejected an ask for on Monday to invite fifteen Russians to the Pyeongchang Winter Video games just days after the athletes’ doping bans were overturned by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.
The particular 13 active athletes and 2 retired athletes working in support functions were among 28 athletes in whose bans were overturned by CAS on Thursday. The ban upon 11 other Russians was maintained.
Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the IOC move since “shameful. ”
“This decision can be unfair, unlawful, amoral and politically charged, ” Medvedev said upon Facebook.
The IOC said as-yet unpublished new evidence – not really examined in the CAS process : gave rise to new doping suspicions about the 15 Russians. The particular Kremlin argued the CAS choice meant the 15 should be handled as clean.
“We very much feel dissapointed about it. We expected that the CAS decision would dispel all accusations against the athletes, ” Russian Chief executive Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “We’re convinced that the CAS ruling has proved that this kind of suspicions had no grounds. inch
In a statement on Monday, the particular IOC said part of its judgment was because “the full thinking for these decisions had not been made public” by CAS.
“The decision from the CAS had not lifted the mistrust of doping, or given the particular panel sufficient confidence to suggest… those 13 athletes could be regarded as clean. ”
The IOC mentioned the two coaches “should not be regarded as for an invitation” because of previous proof available to the IOC.
The IOC added it had “additional components and/or evidence” that included “traces of prohibited substances and proof of steroid profile manipulation. ” This said this raised questions in regards to the “integrity of these athletes. ”
Medvedev, meanwhile, argued the IOC “has trampled on the Olympic Charter plus elementary principles of law” simply by refusing to invite the Russians who had been exonerated by CAS.
“This decision has little in common along with sports, its goal is to perform political damage to Russia, ” he or she said.
The IOC did not title the athletes, but Russian authorities have said they include 2 gold-medal winners from the 2014 Sochi Olympics – cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton racer Alexander Tretiakov. They join dozens of additional Russians who haven’t been found guilty of any doping offenses yet failed to pass the IOC vetting for an invitation.
The ruling from the sports court was a blow towards the IOC and has shifted some of the concentrate away from Friday’s opening of the video games in frigid South Korea along with about 3, 000 athletes taking part.
Speaking at the Olympic village, IOC President Thomas Bach repeated their disquiet over the CAS ruling plus said on Monday an attractiveness was possible.
“We are extremely dissatisfied with this CAS decision, ” Bach said. “We will clearly evaluation it. If we can appeal this, we will appeal it. ”
The particular Lausanne-based IOC could file that will appeal with Switzerland’s supreme courtroom. However , the IOC says any kind of appeal first requires seeing the particular reasoning of the judgments. CAS reports those might not be ready until the finish of the month.
“The IOC, we might never have expected this, ” Bach said as uncertainty lingers within the Russian athletes. “We feel that this particular decision shows the urgent requirement for reforms in the internal structure associated with CAS. ”
“We only learn about the reasons from a very few sentences inside a press release. ”
John Coates, a good IOC member and also the president from the International Council of Arbitration intended for Sport, tried to assure Bach the particular judicial reasoning would be forthcoming.
Ruskies officials and athletes have stated they’re also planning more lawful action.
The IOC has asked 169 Russians to compete within Pyeongchang as “Olympic Athletes through Russia” under a neutral flag, yet has said it reserves the right to examine and appeal the CAS choice.
Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed for this report.