Dmitry Popovoto: Nina zotina / RIA Novosti
Skater Sergei Gryaznov and bobsledder Dmitry Popov miss the Olympics in 2018 because of an error of the International Olympic Committee, not sending these athletes invitation. This is stated in the reasoning of the decision of the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The working group of the IOC tested 500 athletes and endorsed the intervention of 391 athletes, including Gryaznova and Popov, but the Olympic Committee of Russia has received individual invitations 389 approved athletes.
This became known during the meeting of the CAS panel rendered in Pyeongchang, which considered the appeals of 47 of the Russians in non-admission to the Games. During the hearing, the parties agreed that the athletes Popov and Grassow could participate in the Games, but their complaints as well as complaints of other Russians, were rejected. The judges explained that admission criteria that are put forward to the IOC cannot be considered discriminatory because the IOC has the discretion to refuse the applicant without giving reason, but agreed to allow pure Russian athletes in terms of the removal of the ROC “in the interests of balance at the Olympic games»,
In December 2017 the Committee suspended for life from the Olympics a few dozen athletes from Russia for violating anti-doping rules at the Olympic Games in Sochi. Direct evidence of the guilt of the athletes were not given. Later, the CAS annulled the verdict, replacing the lifetime ban to a suspension from Games in 2018.
Video, photo All from Russia.