Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Olympics: Bach saddened by US Gymnastics abuse scandal

Olympics: Bach saddened by US Gymnastics abuse scandal

They were among 43 Russians who had appealed against life bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee after they were disqualified from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for benefitting from a system of state-backed doping put in place for the Games.

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

The Games begin on Friday and end on Feb 25, with a fresh doping scandal threatening to erupt on the eve of the quadrennial event.

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"We will take an individual view of each of these athletes before reaching a decision", he told a press conference, adding that the process would be finished before the start of the Games.

"CAS has to change its structure in a way that it can ensure that it can better manage the quality and consistency of its jurisdiction".

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) threatened to axe boxing from the Tokyo 2020 Games on Sunday as it opened an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and said concerns lingered over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016. And this is why we are so disappointed and unsatisfied with the fact this reasoned decision does not exist...

There will be Russian athletes in Pyeongchang, competing under the Olympic flag and with the Olympic anthem played.

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The International Olympic Committee, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russian Federation might go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for 'Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation'.

The United States, with 242, will have the biggest team in South Korea, followed by Canada (225).

"I want to make it clear that absence of sanction by CAS does not mean you are entitled to receive invitation by the IOC", Bach said.

The Sunday Times made allegations concerning the extent of blood doping in cross-country skiing on Sunday. Bach said in December that the medals these athletes had received would be reallocated to other athletes during the upcoming Pyeongchang games.

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The executive board will also examine the presence of North Korea at the Games, their first participation in a Winter Olympics since 2010.

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