Court overturns life bans handed down to 28 Russian Olympians

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The IOC says it has taken note of the CAS decision "with satisfaction on the one hand and disappointment on the other", adding the decision "may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping".

The athletes whose appeals were upheld will have their results from the Sochi Olympics reinstated and their bans lifted.

CAS said 11 other Russian athletes were ruled to have been guilty of doping but had lifetime bans cut to a ban from this month's Olympics alone.

In a decision announced on Thursday, CAS confirmed the anti-doping rule violations of 11 Russian athletes at Sochi 2014 but said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the other 28.

The CAS said its mandate was "not to determine generally whether there was an organized scheme allowing the manipulation of doping control samples", but instead to look at the 39 cases individually.

"Therefore, the International Olympic Committee will analyse the reasoned decisions very carefully once they are available and consider consequences, including an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal".

"We are all happy that justice has finally been served", Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told journalists, adding that the CAS decision proves the country's athletes, who were accused of doping violations, are indeed "clean".

The confirmation of 11 cases "clearly demonstrates once more the existence of the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014", it added.

Over little more than two weeks from the opening of the Olympiad next Friday, a total of 110,000 contraceptive sheaths will be distributed, 10,000 more than at Vancouver in 2010 or Sochi in 2014.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men's skeleton and men's 50-kilometer cross-country skiing. The IOC previously stated that the OAR delegation could be potentially extended in the event of decisions by CAS.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any state involvement in the doping, which was exposed by an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The agency called for the International Olympic Committee to ban the entire Russian team from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the upcoming Pyeongchang Games.

McLaren's report, published in December 2016, revealed documentary and forensic evidence to corroborate Rodchenkov's story of an increasingly sophisticated conspiracy to dope more than 1,000 Russian athletes, across 30 sports, over at least five years and two Olympic Games.

"This panel's unfortunate decision provides a very small measure of punishment for some athletes but a complete "get out of jail free card" for most". CAS confirmed that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov's results had been cancelled, while rulings on the appeals of biathletes Olga Zaytseva, Olga Vilukhina and Yana Romanova are still pending.



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