Last ditch Olympics appeal by Russian athletes rejected

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Earlier on Friday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed 47 appeals from Russian athletes and coaches, including Ahn, to participate in the Games.

"I dedicate this bronze medal to all the guys who weren't able to go to these Olympics", said Elistratov, who won gold in the 5000m relay at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The appellants had asked CAS to overturn a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to invite them over doping concerns, meaning they won't be joining the 150 competitors cleared to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR).

On Feb. 1, the CAS ruled to uphold the appeals of 28 Russian athletes against the decisions of the IOC Disciplinary Commission to ban them for life from participating in the Olympic Games for doping violations.

Should the Russian military get antsy during the current games-say, if Putin needs a distraction from the doping scandal that banned many Russian athletes from this year's games-don't count on the economic punishment doled out by Bush and president Barack Obama following the previous Olympic incursions.

A vetting process was created to exclude Russian athletes from the games if International Olympic Committee officials weren't sure they were clean, even if they hadn't been banned for doping.

The athletes, who were not allowed by the International Olympic Committee to compete at the Games, were also not forgotten.

The head of Russia's bobsleigh federation, Sergey Parkhomenko, said the decision had a "political context" and the group would be taking legal action. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ahn and three former National Hockey League players are among 32 Russian athletes who filed appeals Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, seeking spots at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Those six cases had been filed separately with applications by seven members of Russian support staff. CAS said its arbiters reviewed written submissions and "determined that the CAS ad hoc division lacked jurisdiction to deal with any of the two applications". "We're not particularly happy with the thought of having athletes that we knew were not clean having the opportunity to compete". Their findings resulted in more than two dozen Russian athletes being disqualified from the Sochi standings, and officials are still sorting through which medals to rescind. ". The best thing we can do for clean sport is to make sure there is a really strong anti-doping agency in Russian Federation". There were 232 Russian athletes in Sochi, where the host country typically receives more entries, 177 in Vancouver and 190 in Turin.

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. After the court published its decision, President of the IOC Thomas Bach claimed there was a need to reform CAS.

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