Russian Olympic committee chief hails CAS 'just decision confirming athletes' innocence'

Russian Olympic committee chief hails CAS 'just decision confirming athletes' innocence'

The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted life bans on 28 of the 43 Russians accused of doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

"With respect to these 28 athletes, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi 2014 are reinstated", said the Lausanne-based tribunal.

A North Korean figure skating pair arrived in South Korea on Thursday by airplane, along with eight athletes, to compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that will begin next week.

"In 28 cases, the evidence collected was found to be insufficient to establish that an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was committed by the athletes concerned".

CAS reviewed each of the cases on individual basis and did not find evidence against 28 athletes to be sufficient. That affirmed the International Olympic Committee decision to disqualify Zubkov from his two gold-medal wins, so the two sleds driven by Steven Holcomb to bronzes in 2014 for the United States now seem certain to be elevated to silvers in the standings.

"Not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation", the organization stressed.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the tribunal's decision "confirms that active efforts to protect their rights in courts and in other ways are justified, they can be effective and they must continue", according to CNN.

Russian officials - who have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping, despite the evidence - were quick to express satisfaction over the decision to clear the 28 athletes.

Russian skeleton racer and Olympic champion of Sochi 2014 Aleksandr Tretyakov, who is among those acquitted by the CAS of anti-doping violations, told Sputnik that he would attend the 2018 Winter Games if the IOC invited him.

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"This may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping".

Jim Walden, lawyer for Russia's former anti-doping chief-turned whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, said the ruling provided "a very small measure of punishment for some athletes but a complete "get out of jail free card" for most".

Sport's highest court partially upheld the appeals of 11 others, reducing their life bans to suspensions which cover this month's Games in Pyeongchang.

Chudinov was fifth in the men's skeleton in Sochi and later became a coach for the Russian national skeleton team.

Earlier this month, North and South Korea agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team and march together under a unified Korea flag at the opening ceremony the Winter Olympics.

But the International Olympic Committee left the door open for athletes without a history of doping to compete at its invitation without the Russian tricolour, national emblems or anthem.

But for Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, CAS's ruling proved Moscow never orchestrated a state-sponsored doping programme.

'It's also meaningful that we were able to come back with North Korean athletes on the same plane'.

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