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Olympics: 13 Russians cleared of doping eligibe for Games:IOC

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Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov gives a press conference in Moscow on February 1, 2018. Top Russian officials welcomed on February 1, 2018 a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift bans on 28 of its athletes saying the ruling proved a state-sponsored doping system did not exist.Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP


Thirteen Russian athletes and two coaches whose life bans linked to doping were lifted by a top sports court may be allowed to take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics, the IOC said Saturday.

Just six days from the opening ceremony of the February 9-25 Games, International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said the cases of the 15 would be examined by a specialist IOC panel.

On Thursday the Court for Arbitration in Sport overturned the life bans on 28 Russian athletes linked to doping, ruling them eligible for participation in the winter Olympics.

However, of the 28, 13 have retired from sport, leaving only 15 still able to take part, Adams said.

The spoksman said that the IOC’s invitation revue panel will examine each case before making a decision.

“We will take and individual view of each of these athletes before reaching a decision,” he told a press conference.


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