Athletes' Rights In View After IOC, CAS Differ On Olympians

Athletes' Rights In View After IOC, CAS Differ On Olympians

Athletes' Rights In View After IOC, CAS Differ On Olympians

If you watched the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday you might have noticed something a little different.

There is 169 Russian athletes in the OAR team, compared to 232 in the previous Sochi team.

"There was no finding that it was carried out in a discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner", he said.

CAS also concluded there was no evidence the two International Olympic Committee panels "improperly exercised their discretion". They will compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" - supposedly neutral athletes competing under the Olympic flag rather than that of their own country. At the same time, the IOC allowed clean athletes to participate in the upcoming games as "Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation".

Nikitina and Ivanova were the only ones to attend Friday's hearing in person, Reeb said.

Second part of McLaren report is published, alleging state-sponsored Russian doping between 2011 and 2015, with sample-tampering at the 2012 London Olympics and Sochi 2014, where Russia topped the medals table.

First, the 169 athletes were billed as "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation", as Russia is not officially being recognized at the games.

"I am sure that they will perform for themselves and, as we say [in Russia], "for the guys". Thus, we call for stronger leadership from sport to protect clean athletes and their right to doping-free sport. In Russia's case, the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver where it ranked 11th, is said to have triggered the mass cheating.

The IOC is refusing to invite 13 of the 28 athletes that are still active to Pyeongchang.

"The situation around Russian sport today has also played a role because before going to the Olympic Games, you had to make a choice: to go the Olympics or not go to the Olympics", he said. "Just focus on competition now at this point".

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The experience of going through the team event in Sochi, and winning a silver medal, has informed their strategy this time around. The expectation was that Chen could carry the United States to a higher score as one of the best skaters in the men's category.

A vetting process was created to exclude Russian athletes from the games if International Olympic Committee officials weren't sure they were clean, even if they hadn't been banned for doping. With 168 IOC-approved athletes, it's already one of the biggest teams in Pyeongchang. "But our athletes are here to compete and they have to win".

However, the CAS decision may not be the end of the matter.

The drawn-out decision and lingering uncertainty have drawn scrutiny to almost every stakeholder involved in the process.

The inclusion of so many Russian athletes has caused some to criticize the International Olympic Committee for failing to truly come down on the Russians for a widespread, state-sponsored doping scheme.

Russian athletes competing in Pyeongchang must follow a code of conduct that prevents them from wearing their country colors and advises them against posting national symbols on social media.

In a telephone interview, WADA president Craig Reedie told The Associated Press: "I am delighted at the decision and the way they expressed it".

"We're disappointed with the CAS decision. we believed in better but received this instead".

More than 2,900 athletes are competing in PyeongChang.

Russia's participation has been fiercely debated among athletes and Canada's team was forced to apologise on Thursday after an alleged altercation at the athletes' village.

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