Olympics an exclusive membership club diminished by Russians' absence - Mutko

Olympics an exclusive membership club diminished by Russians' absence - Mutko

Olympics an exclusive membership club diminished by Russians' absence - Mutko

The decision of sport's highest court was announced fewer than nine hours prior to the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The group contesting the decision included 28 athletes who had life bans from the Olympics lifted by the International Olympic Committee last week, when CAS ruled there was insufficient evidence they had benefited from a system of state-sponsored doping.

The IOC suspended Russian Federation from the Winter Olympics in December following allegations of state-sponsored doping, though a contingent of competitors have been granted permission to compete under a neutral flag. The average age of athletes representing Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea is 26.5, a standard age range for athletes competing at this level.

"The applications filed by Russian athletes and coaches have been dismissed", the CAS said in a statement.

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The IOC review panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron made the decision and it was cleared by the CAS.

Following the decision, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) had requested the IOC to invite 13 Russian athletes and two coaches to the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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Whistleblowers in sport should not go public with their information because they would be compromising their potential protection, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday.

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The speed skater, 32, wrote directly to IOC President Thomas Bach, asking him to clarify the absence of an invitation - but his letter went unanswered.

The applicants, who included Korean-born speed skater Victor An, had asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn an International Olympic Committee decision not to invite them to South Korea.

This includes six-time Olympic gold medallist in short-track speedskating, Viktor Ahn, as well as cross-country ski gold medallist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medallist Alexander Tretiakov.

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