Appeals court denies 47 Russians’ requests to lift Olympic bans

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday denied the appeals of 47 Russian athletes and coaches barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, hours before the opening ceremony. The athletes had asked to be invited to participate in the games even though they were not on the list of 168 Russians allowed to participate after being cleared of suspicion in Russia’s doping scheme at the Sochi Games of 2014. The 47 athletes turned away included short-track speed skater Victor Ahn, who won multiple gold medals in Sochi and other Olympics. Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee refused requests from 13 other Russian athletes and two coaches barred from participating even though their lifetime bans for doping had been overturned.

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