International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach defends actions on Russian Federation

08 February, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Devin Moran
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It said the panel took into account extra information about the athletes sent to it by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which had "raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes".

But the Russians here - or, shall we say, the people from Russia here - are feeling confident.

"While CAS is sitting today and considering us, I'm out training".

Bach is sure be grilled by the full International Olympic Committee membership about the decision to exclude many Russian athletes for the Games despite a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that overturned doping bans for many of them.

The IOC was keen to emphasize that the CAS ruling did not mean it had found the 28 athletes innocent, and refused to invite those cleared to PyeongChang.

Russia's suspension follows a highly orchestrated plot culminating during its hosting of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where tainted samples were switched through a hole in the anti-doping laboratory's wall.

All of this is happening despite Russia's proven use of a sophisticated doping system, which allowed athletes to use a special cocktail of performance-enhancing drugs and then have their dirty urine swapped. The International Olympic Committee's longest-serving member told the meeting that a "large proportion of the world believes the IOC has failed and let down clean athletes".

BOBSLED: American bobsled pilot Justin Olsen hopes to compete at the Olympics despite having had a successful appendectomy on the eve of the PyeongChang Games. "It's sad to see all those pictures on social media", she said.

"I think it's very exciting, and it's also a major opportunity to be part of the best team in the world", said Keaton McCargo, Team USA. "I've stopped crying every day and on the whole, I'm trying not be pessimistic".

At an indoor track meet in Siberia in January, 36 Russian athletes suddenly withdrew, many of them claiming to be sick.

Meaningful reform also requires greater protection of whistleblowers, such as Grigory Rodchenkov, my client, who fled Russia at great personal risk and disclosed evidence of the sweeping Russian conspiracy. Russia's return to the Olympic community should be conditioned on the Kremlin's outright admission that its government cheated in sport, and did so for years.

"They applied criminal standards where the first doubt you have does not allow you to sanction", he said.

"They haven't clarified the reasons for their decision, so the only explanation I found is that they are afraid of us", she added.

The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but has said it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible.

"They request that CAS overturn the IOC decision and allow them to participate in these Games as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation".


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