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Last Winter Olympics appeal by Russian athletes rejected

IANS  |  Moscow 

The on Friday dismissed the last ditch appeals of 47 Russian athletes and coaches who were banned from participating in the PyeongChang Games in

The Russians had appealed their ban from the Games lated to begin later on Friday, handed down in December by the (IOC) over their alleged role in the doping scandal from held in Sochi four years ago, reports news.

In upholding the IOC's ban on the appellants, the CAS found that they had not demonstrated that the committee's process was "discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair".

"In its decisions, the CAS arbitrators have considered that the process created by the IOC to establish an invitation list of Russian athletes to compete as Olympic Athletes from (OAR) could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision", the CAS said in a statement.

The IOC had banned and the after the fallout of the doping scandal, but it invited 169 pre-screened Russians to compete at PyeongChang under the Olympic flag as neutrals.

"Although the ROC was suspended, the IOC nevertheless chose to offer individual athletes the opportunity to participate in under prescribed conditions - a process that was designed to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia," it said.

The will conclude on February 25.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 09:10 IST