Moscow, Feb 3: Appeals by six Russian athletes against their barring from next week's Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang have been dismissed by the Swiss Civil Courts, the Insidethegames portal said on Saturday referring to the Intertiol Olympic Committee (IOC).
Court rejects appeals from Russian athletes barred for 2018 Games
The collective appeal was filed by speed skaters Denis Yuskov and Pavel Kulizhnikov, ski jumper Dmitry Vasiliev, biathlete Iri Starykh, Alexander Loginov and short-track speed skater Tatya Boroduli, reports Tass news agency.
They argued at the court the IOC's criterion against allowing them to the Games, which the Committee used exclusively to Russian athletes -- a lack of doping history in career.
The Russian athletes had been proved to breach doping violations, but their disqualifying had expired.
"Yes I can confirm that this is the case," an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames today when asked about whether the Swiss Court appeals had been rejected," the portal reports.
On December 5, the IOC Executive Board announced its decision to suspend the entire Russian tiol team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations.
The Intertiol Olympic Committee, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russia might go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia.' IANS