CAS starts hearing appeals by 32 Russian athletes

Russian ski jumper Irina Avvakumova has good chances for winning a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which kick off this Friday in South Korea, Roman Kerov, the head coach of the Russian neutral ski jumping team, told TASS on Wednesday.

The US Olympic Committee said it was predetermined that a coin toss would be used in the case of a tie and if the athletes could not find a way to choose a clear victor.

The IOC, which has cleared 169 Russians to compete at PyeongChang, said that "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation".

The IOC also banned 43 Russians for life from the Olympics following a further inquiry.

The IOC had said it wouldn't invite athletes previously banned for doping.The first competitions of the games, including a US-Russia curling match, had already started when CAS heard the cases at a luxury resort in the mountains near Pyeongchang."We are hopeful that the panel will follow our argumentation and respect the rights of the athletes", said Philippe Baertsch, a lawyer for the group of 45 Russians who are still awaiting their verdict. Neither athlete has previously served a doping ban.

What are they appealing against?

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has defended the organization's handling of the Russian Federation doping scandal ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. That means they will compete under the Olympic flag and wearing uniforms without national insignia. With 168 IOC-approved athletes, it's already one of the biggest teams in Pyeongchang.

On Tuesday, 32 Russian athletes, including biathlete Anton Shipulin, cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov and short-track speed-skater Viktor Ahn appealed their non-invitation at CAS.

Six other Russian athletes' appeals were thrown out.

The court is already hearing a separate appeal by 32 Russians who were denied invites on what the International Olympic Committee said was evidence linking them to past doping. The inquiry conducted by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren also found that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, the country's Ministry of Sport, officials for the WADA-accredited Moscow drug testing lab and even the Federal Security Services (FSB) - the successor to the Soviet era KGB - were involved in covering up positive drug tests for Russian athletes and the "manipulation of" drug testing, even tampering with tests for Russian athletes at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

The court didn't say how quickly it will issue decisions.

"The panel's decisions are expected to be announced either late in the evening of 8 February 2018 or in the morning of 9 February 2018", Cas said. Some are reportedly no longer in training, while others may not be included on full rosters in sports like hockey.

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