Winter Olympics press conference addresses USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar scandal

Winter Olympics press conference addresses USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar scandal

Winter Olympics press conference addresses USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar scandal

IOC officials were stunned by the decision by sport's top court to reverse life bans on dozens of Russians athletes and the issue is expected to hijack the agenda at a two-day IOC board meeting from Saturday, followed by a full session of IOC members over two days from Monday.

But Bach said: "The absence of sanctions by Cas does not mean that you are entitled to receive an invitation from the International Olympic Committee because receiving this invitation is a privilege of clean Russian athletes".

'This CAS decision is extremely disappointing and surprising for the IOC.

"From the fact that refereeing is part of the decision we already took in December previous year and we were requesting more information, you can conclude we're still looking into this issue", Bach added.

The International Olympic Committee, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russian Federation might go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for 'Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation'.

"I join everyone by saying how appalling this is and how appalled as a parent you can be when you read these things", IOC spokesman Mark Adams said in response to a USA TODAY Sports question at his opening press briefing in advance of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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The Games in South Korea end on February 25.

Asked then whether the ban should be seen as a success or failure due to the large number of Russian athletes competing, Adams said, "It's hard to judge something before it has happened obviously".

Bach added that the IOC is still to receive from the Russian Olympic Committee the United States dollars 15million fine demanded in December.

More than 50 cross-country skiers set to race at the Games have returned suspicious blood data at least once in their careers, according to The Sunday Times in London and German broadcaster ARD. The IOC and FIS, skiing's world governing body has been approached for comment.

"With regards to the reallocation of medals, we have to wait until all legal remedies are exhausted", Bach said.

Bach added that the IOC is still to receive from the Russian Olympic Committee the $15million (£10.6m) fine demanded in December.

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