IOC defies CAS: 15 Russian athletes remain banned
By Callum Murray in PyeongChang
The International Olympic Committee today defied the suspended Russian Olympic Committee, and, by extension, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, by turning down the ROC’s request to allow 15 more Russians – 13 athletes and two coaches – to participate in the winter Olympic Games here in PyeongChang.
The 15 were among 28 Russians whose appeals against lifetime Olympic bans for alleged manipulation of doping samples at the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics were upheld by CAS.The stunning decision meant that lifetime Olympic bans imposed on the athletes by the IOC were lifted and their results from the Sochi 2014 games were reinstated.
Bach said: “The panel once again did great work going through the cases anonymously. This means they did not know which information belonged to which athlete. They only had a number and access to all the different sources of information, and this makes the decisions of this panel and the implementation group so valuable because they are working scrupulously and in an equal and very fair way for all the athletes.”The IOC’s move was supported by Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and an IOC member, who told Sportcal in an exclusive interview today that he was happy that the evidence incriminated the Russian athletes individually, not collectively.
• Separately, Reedie said that WADA is prepared to investigate allegations of a long-term doping problem in cross-country skiing reported by the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper, if the newspaper agrees to provide it with the secret data on which it said that its allegations were based.
Reedie said that WADA had made an approach to the newspaper, which had refused to hand over the database.
The data is purported to show that a third of all medals won by cross-country skiers at the winter Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2010 were won by skiers who recorded ‘suspicious’ doping tests.