Russia PM Medvedev Slams 'Unfair and Unlawful' IOC Verdict

IOC chief 'disappointed' over lifting of Russian doping bans

AIBA responded by claiming: "This decision is extremely disappointing for AIBA as it hoped the IOC Executive Board would have understood that the processes necessary to implement even more measures require more time".

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says that it will not hear an appeal of at least six Russian athletes who were banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics until after the competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"Those 15 names will be given to the Invitation Review Panel, chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, the former French Sports Minister, and she will review, or this group will review, those in the light of this CAS decision".

But the International Olympic Committee said Monday its invitation review panel examined applications on behalf of the 15 individuals and had lingering suspicions about potential anti-doping violations.

"This decision is unfair, unlawful, amoral and politically charged", Medvedev said on Facebook.

The IOC added it had "additional elements and/or evidence" that included "traces of prohibited substances and evidence of steroid profile manipulation".

The hearing came less than a week after the Swiss-based CAS, citing insufficient evidence, lifted the lifetime bans for 28 Russian athletes and coaches for doping violations at the 2014 Games.

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"This decision has little in common with sports, its goal is to do political damage to Russian Federation", he said.

Also on the list are former National Hockey League players Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin, who had been considered possible candidates for the Russian team in Pyeongchang. One of them being the invitation of around 169 athletes with no doping history to compete as neutrals.

This includes a mention in the Duchess List of athletes drawn-up by ex-Moscow Laboratory chief Grigory Rodchenkov, to supposedly highlight those involved on the doping programme.

The divisions within the Olympic movement on how to deal with the Russian doping scandal have broken wide open only days before the start of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. That is why Bach's statement is disappointing and oppressing.

A Russian lawmaker, Konstantin Kosachev, on Monday called for a revision of the statutory documents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to prevent the crisis of the "entire international Olympic movement".

Athletes of the two Koreas will enter PyeongChang Olympic Stadium behind the Korean Unification Flag, an image of the Korean Peninsula in blue against a white background, at the opening ceremony, reports Yonhap news agency.

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