Olympics: Russia's Athletes 'hugely Disappointed' With IOC Verdict


Lee Hee-beom, chairman of the Pyeongchang Olympics organizing committee, says they'll be sequestered until they're declared well.

"We are going to be flexible to make sure we organise the best possible Games in the best possible place for the best athletes in the world", said Samaranch, the son of the late former IOC President.

"For 28 cases, the appeal was accepted and our decision annulled", Oswald said.

Russian Federation was suspended from Pyeongchang after the discovery of a systemic doping conspiracy culminating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - where, as the host nation, they topped the medals table.

The body also banned all Russian national emblems, including the flag and coat of arms, obliging the athletes to compete in a neutral uniform containing no indication of their national affiliation.

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.

The International Olympic Committee rejected a request on Monday to invite 15 Russians to the Pyeongchang Winter Games just days after the athletes' doping bans were overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The IOC is considering whether to appeal the CAS decision at the Swiss Federal Tribunal. He became a Russian citizen to represent the hosts at the Sochi Games.

Pyeongchang: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signalled that Russian athletes cleared to compete at the Winter Games will come in for heavy scrutiny after whisking more than half the women's ice hockey team away for testing shortly before a training session. We're very confident with the stance we've taken.

"The decision of the CAS had not lifted the suspicion of doping, or given the panel sufficient confidence to recommend. those 13 athletes could be considered as clean".

IOC Members had unanimously praised the work of the PyeongChang organising committee and the speed with which the work was being completed, IOC president Thomas Bach said at a press conference following a two-day long meeting of the organisation's executive board, reports Efe.

"A huge amount of work has gone in to making sure we can ensure that there can be a path for clean athletes from Russian Federation to compete in these Games here".

In all, 32 Russian athletes filed their appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "I have difficulty explaining it because I don't understand it myself".

"It was a shock as we felt the evidence we presented was strong enough to justify the sanctions we had taken", said Oswald. "We can only speculate as we have not received yet the motivation".