Russians appeal against Olympic bans

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ZURICH (Reuters) – 42 Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

The athletes were among 43 disqualified from events, banned from participating in future Olympics and in some cases stripped of their medals following the IOC’s investigation of widespread doping in Sochi exposed by an independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Maxim Belugin, part of the bobsleigh teams at Sochi 2014, looks to be the only athlete not to have appealed.

CAS said the cases will all be heard together in the week beginning January 22 and expects verdicts to be issued by January 31, nine days before the start of this year’s Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and only three days after the International Olympic Committee’s deadline for entries.

The IOC last month banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Games as a result of what it described as “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.

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