Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Blow to Russian Federation as CAS rejects appeals on eve of Olympics

Blow to Russian Federation as CAS rejects appeals on eve of Olympics

"It's clear that the CAS accepted the IOC's points emphasizing that the IOC has an absolute freedom in deciding whom to invite to the Olympic Games", he said.

For Friday's opening ceremony, Russian Federation will march under the Olympic flag in red and gray tracksuits with an "Olympic Athlete from Russia" emblem.

Russian officials flirted with hosting their own medal ceremonies for athletes in the house, but feared it could provoke the wrath of the IOC.

The governing body said many factors had been taken into consideration in setting the times, with the final decision made by the IOC Executive Board based on proposals from the local organising committee and consultations with the global sport federations.

Reeb added that the CAS panel found the Russian athletes did not successfully prove that the manner in which the two IOC Commissions - the Invitation Review Panel and the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) Implementation Group - evaluated them was carried out in a "discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner".

The Russian fans are already showing their defiance.

They then handed Putin a signed jersey emblazoned with the slogan "Russia is in my heart".

They will wear a uniform with that name on it, and the Olympic anthem will be played at any medal ceremonies for Russian athletes.

The ruling obviously avoids what would have been the tumult if not chaos of integrating some number - up to 47 - more "Olympic Athletes from Russia" into the delegation here even as the Games were getting underway, a process that doubtlessly would have drawn, and appropriately, worldwide condemnation.

The IOC welcomed the decision of the CAS, claiming in a statement that it "supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes".

They considered rebranding as the Red Machine House in tribute to great Soviet hockey teams of the Cold War era, but settled on the blander Sports House, run by a Russian sports development fund best known for regularly gifting luxury cars to Olympic medalists in Kremlin ceremonies. "This isn't a win or lose situation".

It never should've gotten this far.

The scandal around the alleged systematic use of prohibited chemicals in Russian sports erupted in 2015, when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accused Russia of multiple violations and suspended Moscow laboratory of RUSADA, the Russian National Anti-Doping Agency. Hundreds of athletes benefited from the program that allegedly extended all the way to the secret police. Forty-five others (plus the two coaches) appealed to CAS to let them in, as well.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South.

With Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova leading the way, the Russians are heavily favored in women's figure skating.

Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge and bobsled.

Fifteen of those who lost their bids on Friday were among a group of 28 who controversially had life bans from the Olympics overturned last week by CAS, which cited insufficient evidence.

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