Russia: allegations of Olympics cyber attacks are unfounded

Court of Arbitration for Sport rules that 28 Russian athletes to have Olympic doping bans lifted and results reinstated

Of a first batch of appeals, 28 of them had their IOC sanctions and Olympic lifetime bans overturned by CAS, who said that though there might be circumstantial evidence that satisfied WADA and the IOC, it was not enough legally to uphold individual bans.

Among them are Olympic biathlete Anton Shipulin and Olympic short-track speed skater Viktor Ahn, as well as world skiing champion Sergey Ustiugov.

Just three days before the start of the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it opened arbitration proceedings following an urgent request from the 32 athletes.

So far 168 athletes from Russia are expected to compete in South Korea under the OAR name, invited from an original Russian list of 500.

The bombshell investigation uncovered state-sponsored doping from "at least late 2011 to August 2015", including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

They appealed to CAS after the International Olympic Committee refused a Russian request to invite them, a day after a similar appeal was filed by 32 Russian athletes who were not invited in the first place by the IOC.

The IOC has complained the CAS rulings could "have a serious impact on the future fight against doping" with the committee feeling shocked at the decision.

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"I believe that in the collective mind in a significant portion of the world and among the athletes of the world, that the International Olympic Committee has not only failed to protect clean athletes but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes", said Pound. In addition, their medals won at the 2014 Sochi games were reinstated, propelling Russian Federation back to the top of the overall medal count.

Earlier, IOC chief Thomas Bach warned that the CAS ruling did not entitle Russians athletes to an invitation, "because receiving this invitation is a privilege of clean Russian athletes" - and apparently being ruled "clean" by the world's top sports court is not enough. "Studies had to be done, evidence had to be provided, fair hearings for the Russian athletes had to be offered".

Those six cases had been filed separately with applications by seven members of Russian support staff. CAS said its arbiters reviewed written submissions and "determined that the CAS ad hoc division lacked jurisdiction to deal with any of the two applications".

Many athletes have called for Russians to be banned from worldwide competition after a 2015 report contained evidence of state-backed, systematic doping in athletics.

There will be Russian athletes in Pyeongchang, competing under the Olympic flag and with the Olympic anthem played.

The Games in South Korea end on February 25. Russian Federation was suspended over an institutionalized, government-funded doping system and the systematic manipulation of anti-doping tests.

"More attention has been paid to getting Russian athletes into the Pyeongchang Games than dealing with the Russian conduct".

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