Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sports court to start Russian Olympic doping appeals Monday

Sports court to start Russian Olympic doping appeals Monday

The Russian track-and-field federation says it has launched an investigation after dozens of athletes suddenly withdrew from a competition in Irkutsk following the arrival of drug testers.

Last month, the IOC released Olympic kit requirements for Russian athletes and officials emphasizing that no indication of their national affiliation should be made.

"ZASPORT, an official clothing supplier of the Russia Olympic team, presented several designs of the uniform for athletes competing under the Olympic flag at the Winter Games in PyeongChang", the company said in its statement.

Since then however, with individual Russian athletes being allowed to compete in South Korea on a case-by-case basis as "Olympic athletes from Russia", Walden has grown sceptical about the IOC's commitment to punishment.

There are winter coats, tracksuits, and hooded sweaters in grey, as well as an outfit in red with white stripes.

IOC rules don't allow the neutral uniforms to contain national symbols, so there's a badge on the chest reading "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation".

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The IOC, however, said that doping-free athletes from Russian Federation could go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or what the IOC labels as the OAR status, which stands for 'Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation'.

The athletes were among 42 disqualified from events, banned from participating in future Olympics and in some cases stripped of their medals following the International Olympic Committee's investigation of widespread doping in Sochi exposed by an independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The IOC also prohibited any resemblance of the Russian national flag on uniforms stating that "Only single or dual color elements are permitted on uniforms" and "separate items of clothing can not create a tricolor".

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will begin appeals hearings on Monday for 39 Russian athletes disqualified from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for doping and banned for life from the Olympics.

Verdicts are expected by Friday, February 2, one week before the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea.

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