Published: Ср, Февраля 07, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

IOC opens 2 days of meeting on eve of Pyeongchang Olympics

IOC opens 2 days of meeting on eve of Pyeongchang Olympics

"I believe that in the collective mind in a significant portion of the world and among the athletes of the world, that the International Olympic Committee has not only failed to protect clean athletes but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes", said Pound.

A hearing in the matter is scheduled for Wednesday.

Coates didn't say whether those appeals included any of the 28 who had been banned from the Olympics for life over doping at the 2014 Sochi Games but had those sanctions overturned at CAS last week. A total of 168 Russian athletes will take part in the Olympics, although the Russian Olympic Committee initially applied for 500 athletes to take part in the Games to the IOC.

The IOC banned Russia over evidence it ran a systemic state-sponsored doping programme at the Sochi Games in 2014 but also said Russian athletes who proved they were clean would be allowed to compete as neutrals in the Pyeongchang Games, which open on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has chose to decline 15 Russian athletes who had been earlier acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) access to the Winter Olympic Games, head of the IOC commission for admission of Russian athletes to the Games Nicole Hoevertsz has said.

Japanese capital Tokyo has been awarded the 2020 summer Games, completing the trio of consecutive Asian hosts.

The court cleared them to compete but the International Olympic Committee has refused to invite them.

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"Following the detailed analysis conducted by the Panel, its members observed that there were additional elements and/or evidence, which could not be considered by the IOC" IOC Oswald Commission because it was not available to it, that raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes.

Adams told a media conference: "We're not fearful in any way". Each athlete was considered individually and anonymously.

"We're very confident on all the measures that were taken".

"A huge amount of work has gone in to making sure we can ensure that there can be a path for clean athletes from Russian Federation to compete in these Games here".

The suit against the Olympic body was initiated by lawyers following the IOC's refusal to invite 13 athletes, all with clean doping histories, to the upcoming Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, despite their lifetime bans being overturned earlier by CAS. "I have difficulty explaining it because I don't understand it myself".

"I feel that the CAS arbitrators have applied a level of evidence that has never been used in the past by the CAS or the Swiss Federal Court", Oswald said, adding that this was not a criminal trial "where the accused must benefit from any doubt". "We can only speculate as we have not received yet the motivation".

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