“Twenty-eight instances were upheld by the attraction. Of those 28, 13 are busy athletes and 2 are now trainers, so the vital number is 15. Those 15 titles will be awarded to the Invitation Review Panel, chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, the former French sports ministry, and she will review, or this team will review those from the light of the CAS choice,” IOC spokesperson Mark Adams told a press conference on Saturday.
On Thursday CAS cleared 28 Russian athletes and chased their life bans over alleged doping. “The two CAS panels unanimously found that the evidence put forward by the IOC in relation to this matter did not have exactly the identical weight in every single circumstance,” the statement by the Lausanne-based global human body said, adding that the athletes’ records had been reinstated.
One of those athletes who had been cleared of doping allegations are Sochi Olympic winner Spicy flashes Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin, Speed-skater Olga Fatkulina, bobsledders Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Negodaylo, also celebrity racer Aleksandr Tretiakov — all of whom won silver or gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
It was not clear how many of the 28 Russians would attempt to compete because some have retired in competition.
On December 5, the IOC Executive Board prohibited Team Russia in the PyeongChang Winter Games because of doping allegations. The ruling said that “blank” Russian athletes only can compete under a neutral flag at South Korea.
Adhering to the CAS statement, the IOC said that the decision doesn’t necessarily mean that these 28 athletes will be invited to the 2018 Games. “Not being sanctioned does not necessarily confer the chance of a invitation,” the organization stated.
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The International Olympic Committee will look at inviting 15 Russian athletes to the 2018 PyeongChang Games following the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cleared them of doping allegations, an IOC official affirmed.