Friday, 9 February 2018

Winter Olympics: Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld ban on 47 Russian athletes and coaches



The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by 47 Russian athletes and coaches against a ban on participation in the Winter Olympics.

 
The Russians had argued that they had been wrongfully excluded from the Games by the International Olympic Committee.


Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said the decision was understandable but disappointing.


It comes amid a long-running row over Russian doping which has seen the country banned from the games.


However 169 Russians will compete as independents.
The CAS decision was made just hours before Friday's opening ceremony.




BBC      News.