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Olympics under way: US beats Russian athletes in curling

11 February 2018

A further 47 banned coaches and athletes, including Ahn, had appealed the International Olympic Committee decision but on Friday their appeals were dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Athletes from Russia sported grey jackets and denim trousers, and walked out under the Olympic flag, instead of a Russian one, during arguably the most important event of any year's games.

Earlier in the week, the same CAS had lifted doping bans on some 15 Russian athletes who had tested positive for illegal drug use during the Sochi Olympics in 2016.

However, after hearing the case of the Russian athletes and coaches on Thursday, CAS has chosen upheld the IOC's right to decide who can compete in Pyeongchang.

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The review was the only path to the Olympics for these athletes, after the International Olympic Committee laid down its punishment for a systematic scheme of doping and cover-ups that was uncovered as part of an investigation into Russian athletes who participated in the Sochi Games of 2014.

"They request that CAS overturn the International Olympic Committee decision and allow them to participate in these Games". It also banned them for life from the Olympics.

In the coastal South Korean city of Gangneung, Russia has given its supporters a place to celebrate the athletic success as the country's sport faces increased scrutiny over a doping scandal that saw them banned from the Games.

While they are forced to compete as neutral athletes under the OAR label, it has still been very clear so far that the athletes are representing Russian Federation.

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But the global Olympic body left the door open to athletes with no history of doping to compete as neutrals.

Studies had to be done, evidence had to be provided, fair hearings for the Russian athletes had to be offered. "Even more disturbing is the fact that even CAS wouldn't be able to protect athletes, because its opinion apparently no one takes into account anymore", Galavtine said. Incidentally, Canada, the host country, came 1st; much like Russian Federation did during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "We want our athletes to be competing against the very best but in the knowledge they are facing clean athletes".

They also said they would respect the choice of athletes who made a decision to stay behind. During the Opening Ceremony, the representatives marched behind the Olympic flag, and whenever they win gold, they'll be serenaded by the Olympic Hymn. He became a Russian citizen to represent the hosts at the Sochi Games.

The other 32, including An, biathlon gold medallist Anton Shipulin and Sergei Ustyugov, a cross-country skiing world champion, were also omitted from the list of Russians invited to Pyeongchang. "But there surely is cleaner sport and I'm still convinced that most of the athletic performance in these games will be clean", said Ram of the Netherlands.

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Olympics under way: US beats Russian athletes in curling