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Doping dominates discussions at IOC Session

Doping dominates discussions at IOC Session

The IOC in December banned 43 Russian athletes for life from the Olympics, but CAS overturned the suspensions of 28 athletes and partially upheld 11 other appeals.

"We are still looking into this issue. we want them to (give) a satisfying explanation", Bach said, adding: "We are extremely anxious about the governance of AIBA".

The IOC is considering whether to appeal the CAS decision at the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Thus, we call for stronger leadership from sport to protect clean athletes and their right to doping-free sport. Drastic changes and shakeups are required by AIBA to regain credibility as an organisation fit for objective, with many figures within the sport seeing the organisation as unruly, unorganised and at times shambolic with inconsistencies and lack of purposeful direction.

As Pound and Werthein clashed, 32 Russian athletes on Tuesday filed yet more appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking spots in the games.

"With a huge disappointment, the members of ROC's Athletes' Commission have found out about the decision of IOC's Invitation Review Panel not to invite 13 Russian athletes and two coaches fully acquitted by (the CAS) to 2018 Winter Olympics", Russia's Olympic Athletes Commission said.

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

An ever-present at the each Olympic games since its introduction in 1904, were the IOC to follow through with this extreme measure, it would signal an astonishing determination on their part to enact serious change.




The IOC hasn't said why any of the individual Russians weren't invited, but has said it used a newly available database detailing past doping when it decided who should be eligible.

In its February 1 decision, CAS unanimously ruled there was not enough evidence against the 28 Russian athletes to conclude they had committed any anti-doping rule violations.

Russian athletes have flown to South Korea in small groups, not the traditional "Olympic flight" on Aeroflot which usually sees teams depart as a unit and with much pageantry.

"The thing here is flexibility", Samaranch, who also heads the International Olympic Committee coordination commission for the 2022 Games in Beijing, told the International Olympic Committee session when asked whether Sapporo should be excluded due to the number of Asian hosts.

But anti-doping officials from 20 countries have concerns about the vetting of Russian athletes, a process they say has been opaque.

All six were originally refused invitations to compete by the IOC.