Ahn not eligible for Pyeongchang Olympics: RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, biathlete Anton Shipulin and cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov are not on the list of Russian athletes eligible to compete at next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics, RIA news agency reported yesterday.

Russian Olympic Committee vice president Stanislav Pozdnyakov told RIA the three athletes had not been included in the pool from which Russian competitors will be invited to compete in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC last month banned Russia from Pyeongchang over “systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but left the door open to athletes with no history of doping to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

“Athletes like Viktor Ahn, Anton Shipulin and Sergei Ustyugov were not involved in the Oswald commission proceedings,” Pozdnyakov said in the statement, referring to an IOC commission investigating alleged doping violations by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Games.

“They were never involved in doping stories and the many tests they passed over their careers have showed that they are clean athletes. Nevertheless, their names are absent from the list of potential Olympic participants.”

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