The Court of Arbitration for Sport has moved ahead to state that it will on Friday give its ruling regarding 45 Russian athletes’ appeals. They have been making all efforts to make sure that they are a part of the upcoming Olympics.
It was on Thursday when the court heard the cases of two coaches and the athletes. It has specified that it will give its ruling in the morning at 11 a.m. local time. That will be in a matter of 9 hours before the Pyeongchang Games kick start.
In numerous instances the Russian athletes have made protests at the move by the International Olympic Committee to lock them out when it was making invitations. The IOC while issuing out its statement outlined that it could not speak in confidence that they were really involved in Russia’s doping scandals.
If it turns out that they win, then it implies they will be able to proceed and join 168 Russians that IOC had invited to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”
Another seven support staff and six Russian athletes had forwarded a separate appeal but were turned away on grounds that the required procedures had not been followed to the latter.
A person familiar with the most recent developments said, “The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal by six Russian athletes who weren’t invited to compete in the Olympics, ruling them out a day before the opening ceremony.”
The court was pretty clear in reading out its judgment outlining that it lacked jurisprudence to handle the application filed by the seven support staff as well as those by the six Russians.
Pavel Kulizhnikov and Denis Yuskov were among the six and it is also worth mentioning that there were athletes from ski jumping and biathlon. There were speculations in line with whether or not the courts would rule in their favor by overturning the International Olympic Committee’s decision. A lot of people were hoping that they would be given the invitation to be part of the participants in the Pyeongchang Games.