International Olympic Committee issues conduct guide for Russian athletes

Florence Fletcher
January 28, 2018

The International Olympic Committee did not publish names of which athletes were cleared by two vetting panels of suspicion of doping to go to the February 9-25 Winter Games in South Korea.

Geneva: All Russian athletes left off the eligibility list for next month's Winter Games had "serious indications" of doping in their history, the head of the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

However, there were several leading Russian athletes in the list who had not been invited by the International Olympic Committee commission to participate in the Olympics.

On Thursday, the ROC released a list of 169 athletes who had filed their applications to participate in the Olympics in 2018.

Russian Federation was banned over "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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But Russian news reports first claimed last Tuesday that An wasn't included in the list of eligible athletes. "They were chosen from the pool of 389 athletes who could potentially be invited to the Games depending on available quota places".

According to the IOC's "Conduct Guidelines for Olympic Athlete from Russia", athletes must wear only the authorised OAR uniforms and refrain from any public form of publicity associated with the Russian "flag, anthem, emblem and symbols".

Russian Olympic Committee vice-president Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Thursday: "At the moment, together with the national and global federations, an application of OAR athletes was approved for 169 athletes".

The Olympic world is bracing for more evidence of systematic Russian doping.

An also lamented losing a chance to skate in his native country, saying competing in PyeongChang would have been "an especially significant part of my career for several reasons".

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