Winter Olympics 2018: 32 Russians to appeal against Pyeongchang exclusion

Winter Olympics 2018: 32 Russians to appeal against Pyeongchang exclusion”

An, 32, Shipulin and Ustyugov were not included on the list of allowed athletes, although Stanislav Pozdnyakov, vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee, has insisted they had "never been implicated in any type of doping affair".

However, The IOC maintained that clean athletes have the right to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Games as the "Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation".

A hearing is set to take place on Wednesday, two days before the Games.

IOC had banned Russian Federation from participating in the Pyeongyang Olympic Winter Games on charges of engaging in doping by 'manipulating the anti-doping system at the Sochi Games in 2014. The 13 active athletes and two retired ones serving as coaches, were among a group of 28 Russians whose ban against competing was overturned by CAS last week. The Applicants challenge the IOC decision refusing to invite them to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

However, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement that its Invitation Review Panel had "unanimously recommended that the International Olympic Committee not extend an invitation" to the 15.

International Olympic Committee denies 15 Russians entry into Olympics 01:50Among the applicants in this latest appeal is Viktor Anh, a naturalized Russian speed skater who had previously won gold for South Korea, the country of his birth, at the Turin games, and took his career tally to six golds in Sochi four years later.

Gold medallist Alexander Tretyakov of Russia celebrates during the victory ceremony for the men's skeleton event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia Feb 16, 2014.

Pound argues that "we talk more than we walk" on anti-doping, as the IOC allowed Russians to compete under the Olympic flag, rather than issuing a blanket ban.

At a meeting in Pyeongchang on Tuesday, Pound said: "The IOC has not only failed to protect clean athletes but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes". Our commitment to both is in serious doubt.

"The IOC also suspended the ROC based on the reports of alleged doping violations released by the Oswald Commission IOC commission, headed by former Switzerland President Samuel Schmid, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games".

However, it appeared to be an unpopular opinion from Pound, who along with Britain's Adam Pengilly was the only delegate to abstain from an otherwise unanimous vote of confidence in the IOC's handling of the Russian suspension.

The IOC did not name the athletes, but Russian officials have said they include two gold-medal winners from the 2014 Sochi Olympics - cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton racer Alexander Tretiakov.

Bach will try to focus on the opening ceremony and look for good news as North Korean and South Korean athletes compete alongside each other under a symbolic deal aimed at easing tension on the Korean peninsula.

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