(Olympics) North Korean IOC member wishes country's Olympians to 'do their best'

(Olympics) North Korean IOC member wishes country's Olympians to 'do their best'

(Olympics) North Korean IOC member wishes country's Olympians to 'do their best'

The 13 active athletes and two retired athletes working in support roles were among 28 athletes whose bans were overturned by CAS on Thursday.

"They've been left out there, hanging alone, with no protection whatsoever from the Olympic movement", said Pound, adding: "I would say more attention has been paid to getting Russian athletes into the Pyeongchang Games than dealing with the Russian conduct".

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) review panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron has declined a request to invite 13 more athletes and two more coaches from Russian Federation, cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), to the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

On December 5, the IOC Executive Board announced its decision to suspend the whole Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations. Thirteen of group have either retired or are unavailable for undisclosed reasons.

This is according to the Associated Press, which reported this week that the International Olympic Committee is citing "as-yet unpublished new evidence" of Russian doping to keep the athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics. The announcement did not go down well outside Russian Federation, even though the International Olympic Committee declared that "more than 80%" of those athletes had not competed in Sochi and had been carefully vetted.

"More than ever, the world needs the Olympic values of peace and friendship", IOC President Bach said.

"Of course the attitudes of foreign athletes have changed after the doping scandal erupted".

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The Panel is now holding a hearing with the 32 athletes who filed their application at the CAS Ad Hoc division on 6 February 2018.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) restricted Russian Federation from Pyeongchang over "precise control" of the counter doping framework in Sochi four years back however left the entryway open for competitors with no history of doping to contend as neutrals.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be held February 9-25.

Bach said it had been a "long and hard journey" to organise an Olympics in Korea, whose two sides are divided by a heavily fortified border - just 30 miles (50 kilometres) from the Games site - and remain technically at war. Their appeals against Olympic bans were fully satisfied, while the request to reexamine the cases of another 11 were only "partially upheld". This occurred even after the bombshell revelations in 2016 about a state-orchestrated Russian doping program that juiced Russian performances at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 and other previous Olympiads.

Late invitations could result in other Russians being cut, especially in sports such as hockey where a full roster is already registered.

"We need to make it clear to the world that our decisions and actions are based on principles that distinguish the Olympic movement from entertainment sports".

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