WADA recommends use of older doping test kits at Pyeongchang Olympics

Casey Dawson
February 5, 2018

On Thursday the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) has overturned the lifetime ban of 28 athletes from Russian Federation who were suspected of doping.

The Russian doping scandal took a dramatic turn Thursday when an worldwide court threw out the Olympic bans for 28 athletes from the embattled nation.

On Saturday, the International Olympic Committee said that 13 of the 28 athletes cleared by CAS would be considered by a special International Olympic Committee panel for a possible invitation to take part in Pyeongchang.

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov says he hopes Russian athletes can use the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge the International Olympic Committee's refusal to invite them to the Pyeongchang Games.

Russia are banned from Pyeongchang over a state-sponsored doping program in the country and at the Games they hosted four years ago, though individual Russian athletes can compete as neutrals.

Russian athletes won't be allowed to display the flag in Pyeongchang, or to celebrate with Russian flags given by fans.

Part of the wrongdoing involved Russian lab workers tampering with samples to keep athletes from testing positive in Sochi.

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Oliviera said the employee had been working at HEMA for 10 years and had a history of work performance issues. He added: "I feel very badly for what's happened - the panic, the stress people felt, all the hurt and pain".

Apart from that, Matviyenko said she was concerned over the problem of commercialization of global Olympic movement and planned to raise that matter in contacts with parliamentarians from other countries. The IOC annulled the results several Russian athletes had obtained at Sochi Games over alleged doping violations by these athletes.

The Winter Olympics open in South Korea on Friday and close on February 25.

Following the ruling, CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb was quoted by the Swiss national broadcaster, RTS as saying, "This does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent".

Bach called for internal reform at CAS, which is presided by IOC Vice President John Coates, who also chairs the coordination committee of the Tokyo Olympics. CNN's Masters & McKirdy reported among the reinstated athletes were cross-country skiing Gold Medalist Alexander Legkov, men's skeleton Gold Medalist Alexander Tretiakov and women's skeleton world champion Elena Nikitina. "The decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport proves that energetic work to stand up for our rights in court and elsewhere is justified, can be effective and should continue" (GUARDIAN, 2/1). "It regretted that the "proven" existence of the systemic manipulation was not considered for the other cases".

I feel like every time the Olympics rolls around we hear stories about all the condoms they need to stock Olympic village.

The IOC must wait for a reasoned decision from CAS before an appeal can be launched.

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