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Uhlaender heartbroken at decision on Russians

Sagarica

Russiau2019s gold medal winner Alexander Legkov skis past the Olympic rings during the menu2019s 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 to reinstate Leskov as gold medal winner of the menu2019s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing which he was stripped of on doping allegations earlier. (
Russiau2019s gold medal winner Alexander Legkov skis past the Olympic rings during the menu2019s 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 to reinstate Leskov as gold medal winner of the menu2019s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing which he was stripped of on doping allegations earlier. (

Uhlaender ‘heartbroken’ at decision on Russians

1:30 pm

US skeleton veteran Katie Uhlaender says she is “heartbroken” by the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to overturn the disqualifications of 28 Russians who competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Uhlaender finished fourth in Sochi, one spot behind Elena Nikitina of Russia. Nikitina had been one of the athletes who had her results from Sochi stripped, which would have meant Uhlaender would be in line to move up to bronze and claim her first Olympic medal.

Nikitina is one of the 28 who had bans overturned and results reinstated by CAS. It’s still unclear if Nikitina will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang.

Uhlaender says what will happen next is bigger than a medal. She says “the integrity of sport is on the line, and I’m looking to the leaders of a movement to do something to save it.”

1:25 pm

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko says the country plans to file more legal action to ensure athletes who won their doping appeals can compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Speaking at a televised cabinet meeting, Mutko says “the athletes have been given back their good names. We never had any doubt in them.”

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned bans on 28 Russians, citing insufficient evidence. Eleven more remain disqualified from the 2014 Sochi Games but had their lifetime Olympic bans cut to a ban only from the Pyeongchang Games.

Mutko called on the IOC to allow them to enter, saying “we assume that those athletes who are ready, who have qualified, who have quotas in their sport, will all be entered for the Olympics,” and that “if the IOC does not accept them, then we will support them in cases which could be filed at CAS and other legal instances.”

1:20 pm

Russian skeleton competitor Elena Nikitina says she wants to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned her doping ban.

Nikitina tells The Associated Press “we were hoping for justice and it has prevailed,” adding “now everything has returned to normal and I hope we can compete at the Olympic Games.”

The International Olympic Committee has been ordered to reinstate Nikitina as a bronze medalist from the 2014 Sochi Games. Had she remained banned, the medal was due to pass to American slider Katie Uhlaender.

However, the IOC is resisting calls to allow Nikitina and the other Russians entry to the Pyeongchang Olympics, which start next week.

Nikitina says “now I’m going to train in a different mood today, because ... you would think, what should I be preparing for, the Russian national championships which is two months away, or the Olympic Games? Now we have the purpose to train for the Olympic Games.”12:45 pm

The IOC says it will not necessarily invite the 28 Russian athletes who won their Sochi Olympic doping case appeals to compete at the Pyeongchang Games.

The International Olympic Committee says “not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation” to the games, which open in South Korea next week.

The statement was issued soon after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the disqualifications and Olympic life bans of 28 Russians from the 2014 Sochi Games.

The IOC notes that CAS said the urgent ruling “does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent.”

A further 11 Russians lost their appeals, which the IOC says “clearly demonstrates once more the existence of the systemic manipulation” of the Sochi anti-doping system.

The IOC says it could challenge the CAS rulings at Switzerland’s supreme court.

12:30 pm

Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their Olympic doping bans overturned, throwing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on the country into turmoil.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men’s skeleton and men’s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing.

Eleven more Russians were ruled to have been guilty of doping but had lifetime bans imposed by an IOC disciplinary panel two months ago cut to a ban only from the Pyeongchang Games, which open next week.

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb says “this does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent, but in their case, due to insufficient evidence, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi are reinstated.”

The IOC says it has taken note of the CAS decision “with satisfaction on the one hand and disappointment on the other,” adding the decision “may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping.”

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