Olympic Doping Bans On 28 Russian Athletes Overturned By Sport's Highest Tribunal

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Olympic Doping Bans On 28 Russian Athletes Overturned By Sport's Highest Tribunal

Adams said that the IOC's invitation review panel will examine each case individually before making a decision but promised that would happen before the Games get underway. CAS has told the International Olympic Committee this will not be available until the end of February, Bach said in Pyeongchang on Sunday.

In an entirely-predictable ruling, CAS also reduced 11 lifetime bans to suspensions from Pyeongchang 2018, which begins on Friday, despite confirming anti-doping violations had been committed.

Moreover, in her words, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) need reforms as well.

Besides criticizing "Russia's unprecedented attack on fair play", USADA chief executive Travis Tygart says in a statement the IOC waited too long before issuing bans late a year ago and that "slamming dozens of cases through the process on the eve of the Olympic Games has not served justice and as such the integrity of the games has been sabotaged".

Any Russian athletes that wish to compete will have to do so as a neutral, wearing a neutral uniform with no flag or national anthem being played at the opening ceremony.

After determining that some of the newer bottles could be "manually opened after initial proper locking", Wada said it had sourced enough of the 2016 doping sample bottles, which were first used at the Rio Olympics, to cover the entire testing program for the Pyeongchang Games, which start February 9 in South Korea.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement that it found "insufficient evidence" during last week's hearing in Geneva that the 28 athletes, who were banned by the International Olympic Committee, were "guilty of anti-doping violations in Sochi".

Bach, speaking in Pyeongchang ahead of the Winter Olympics, read a statement featuring seven decisions, the last of which warned boxing could be omitted from the Olympics if AIBA's governance did not improve.

"This is a privilege for clean Russian athletes", he said. Bach also mentioned the issue of the reallocation of medals received by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi.

Adams said that the IOC reserved the right to appeal against the CAS decision, viewed by Olympic officials as undermining the fight against doping in sport.

Additional athletes cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "So far, the panel was not able to deliver the reason for the decision, which we are eagerly waiting for, and we have asked the CAS to speed this procedure up".

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