PyeongChang 2018: What is the OAR?

Feb 11, 2018, 04:59
PyeongChang 2018: What is the OAR?

Pyeongchang: Russia hopes its Olympic ban for systemic doping will be lifted before the end of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, a senior sports official said on Thursday, adding that athletes had been warned to comply with strict rules governing their behaviour.

Another 168 Russians have been invited as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag.

The decision is expected to be announced on Friday morning, just hours before the PyeongChang opening ceremony.

The IOC's position: for sure yes, because taking part in the Games is a "privilege", and just because you're not guilty per CAS that does not make you "innocent".

The IOC welcomed the decision of the CAS, claiming in a statement that it "supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes".

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Nikitina told TASS: "I'm very disappointed".

The IOC refused to invite them to Pyeongchang however, saying it had lingering suspicions, so they went back to CAS to try and overrule the Olympic body. It has also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

Which it did, on Friday, temporarily putting the Russian doping saga on hold while the focus shifts to the lighting of the cauldron and, you know, the Olympic Games.

In their decision, a three-person CAS panel (made up of a Canadian, a Swiss and an Australian) said that the process that was used to select Russia's contingent in South Korea - who will compete under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russia" and will not wear their country's flag or colors - had not been proven to be "discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair", and that the ban should remain in place.

"Within this process, we naturally ask all our broadcast partners to provide input, as they play a key role in allowing millions of fans around the world to witness and celebrate the athletes' achievements", the statement said.

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But the 47 athletes and coaches who challenged the IOC's decision not to invite them to the Games had their appeals thrown out by CAS, who upheld the suspensions on Friday.

"The list on which the Invitation Review Panel (IRP) based its considerations (on) covers a wide range of information", said Valérie Fourneyron, the Chair of the International Testing Agency (ITA).

Most troubling of all, the International Olympic Committee has signaled loud and clear that it will allow Russian Federation to march under its own flag at the closing ceremony, issuing a vaguely worded edict that should've been served with a hefty helping of Swiss cheese.

Stephen Hess, an global sports lawyer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the decision was a victory for the IOC.

The ruling obviously avoids what would have been the tumult if not chaos of integrating some number - up to 47 - more "Olympic Athletes from Russia" into the delegation here even as the Games were getting underway, a process that doubtlessly would have drawn, and appropriately, worldwide condemnation.

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"We share the distress, uncertainty and frustration expressed by many athletes on the news of this ruling and believe this decision to be a massive setback for clean sport", the WADA athlete committee said. "But our athletes are here to compete and they have to win". I was hoping that CAS would take our side.

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