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'CAS ruling should clear Russian Olympians of all suspicions'

'CAS ruling should clear Russian Olympians of all suspicions'

The IOC plans to appeal after CAS, sport's highest court, ruled last Thursday there was "insufficient evidence" to uphold the suspensions issued by the IOC following an investigation into state-sponsored doping in Sochi.

They are requesting that the CAS overturn the IOC's decision and allow them to participate in these Games as Olympic athletes from Russian Federation. Thirteen of group have either retired or are unavailable for undisclosed reasons.

A total of 32 Russian athletes, including six-time gold medalist speed skater Viktor Ahn, have filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as they race to find spots at the upcoming Winter Olympics. The Russian team is nearly as large as Russia's 177-athlete contingent at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010, and only a couple busloads shy of the 232 athletes who competed in Sochi.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas 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".

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The IOC also banned 43 Russians for life from the Olympics following a further inquiry.

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

Most of the tests came before Harvey started on the World Cup circuit in 2008 and he said he knew nothing about it at the time.

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.

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Breaking the rules could mean the scraps its plan for to march under its own flag at the closing ceremony on February 25 - a symbolic return to the Olympic movement after almost three months.

Just days before the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics, it remains unclear who will be competing.

The Summer Olympics to give out the most number of condoms was in Rio in 2016, with 450,000 condoms which translated to about 42 condoms per athlete - enough for one athlete to use two every day throughout the Olympic period. "And in order to monitor it, we have established this group and they will then prepare their report at the end of the Olympic Games", Bach added.

Last November, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal". If both these things happened, the IOC and other global sports organizations would be forced into a corner they have been side-stepping for too long.

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Whatever the WADA's failings, whistleblowers everywhere should neither forget nor forgive the International Olympic Committee, including President Thomas Bach, for their weak-kneed responses to Russia's efforts to retaliate against Rodchenkov - including inexcusable calls to execute him, harassment of his family, seizure of his assets and attempts to silence him by bringing politically motivated criminal charges against him after his testimony was revealed.