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Tribunal overturns doping bans on 28 Russian athletes

Tribunal overturns doping bans on 28 Russian athletes

"With respect to these 28 athletes, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi 2014 are reinstated", said the tribunal.

Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said the CAS ruling had restored the "good name" of Russian athletes.

But the International Olympic Committee, which has cleared 169 Russians to compete, said that "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation".

The IOC banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after its own commissions broadly confirmed McLaren's findings, that Russian sporting officials had overseen an elaborate years-long scheme to hide doping by the country's athletes.

Sochi gold medallists Alexander Legkov (cross-country skiing), Aleksei Negodailo (bobsleigh), Aleksandr Tretiakov (skeleton), Dmitry Trunenkov (bobsleigh) and Aleksandr Zubkov (bobsleigh) are among the 42 athletes to have appealed against their bans.

Still, the CAS rulings will be seen as a victory for Russian Federation, which has long denied it ran a state-backed doping program.

"This confirms our position that the overwhelming majority of our athletes are clean, Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin said".

In the 2014 Sochi Olympics doping scandal detailed in a report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, investigators discovered that Russian staff involved had developed a method to open supposedly "tamper-proof" sample bottles undetected.

In 11 other cases, CAS confirmed doping but reduced the bans to just the February 9-25 Games in South Korea.

He was banned after being singled out in McLaren's report.

Over little more than two weeks from the opening of the Olympiad next Friday, a total of 110,000 contraceptive sheaths will be distributed, 10,000 more than at Vancouver in 2010 or Sochi in 2014.

Putin also repeated a claim he made last month that Rodchenkov, who is under witness protection in the United States and says he fears for his life, is "under the control of the US special services".

Following the CAS decision on Thursday, Russia now stands 11 gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.

WADA said it noted "with serious concern" the decision by CAS, given that "all 39 athletes were part of Russia's systematic doping program".

Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, is the source of revelations on Moscow's state-sponsored doping.

In making its decision, the CAS also reinstated the results of the athletes in Sochi.

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