International Olympic Committee will not exclude Asian cities from 2026 Games bid
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 2:03
Meanwhile, with regard to the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to lift bans on 28 Russian athletes previously believed to be linked to the state-sponsored doping scandal at Sochi 2014, Adams said 15 of them - 13 active athletes and two coaches - will be reviewed by the invitation review panel.
Russian Federation is banned from competing for their country due to an alleged state-backed doping scheme, but the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has allowed it to send so-called neutral athletes who have no history of drugs-cheating.
The CAS said last week that there was "insufficient evidence" of anti-doping violations against 28 Russian athletes banned for life by the International Olympic Committee as part of its investigation into doping at the Winter Olympics four years ago.
The IOC has refused to invite the 32 cleared Russian athletes to this month's PyeongChang Winter Games, noting there was evidence about them that had not been available to the IOC commission that had investigated them.
As well as Ahn, a six-time short-track Olympic champion, the group includes Sochi 2014 biathlon gold medallist Anton Shipulin and Sergei Ustyugov, a cross-country skiing world champion.
Mogul Skier Marika Pertakhiya of Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Park on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
And when the panel reconvenes at the ad hoc division of CAS to hear the case on Thursday, it will also consider a new case involving 15 additional athletes.
The Olympics governing body International Olympic Committee has however highlighted conditions under which the Russian athletes may be allowed to compete again.
CAS announced on Wednesday afternoon that the case of 32 Russians had been adjourned.
IOC President Thomas Bach lambasted the superior sports court for clearing banned Russian team members, saying that they "cannot have a situation of [the] CAS losing its credibility with athletes".
The Olympic opening ceremony is set for Friday, and the participation of the Russian athletes continues to be a distraction.
While the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended along with a number of athletes, those who were billed as "clean" will still be allowed to compete under the Olympic flag. It later said that 169 athletes who had proved they were clean would be allowed to compete.
"We're hoping for a fair and logical decision from the court", he said.
Russia escaped a blanket ban at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and there, too, tensions arose between the Russians and other competitors who branded them cheats.