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World IOC refuses Russian athletes' request to join Winter Olympics

09:51  05 february  2018
09:51  05 february  2018 Source:   cnn.com

IOC 'concerned' about potential integrity issues with testing bottles

  IOC 'concerned' about potential integrity issues with testing bottles The International Olympic Committee has expressed concern over potential integrity issues with new security bottles used in doping controls and urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure testing procedures at next month's Winter Games are reliable.WADA said on Sunday it had been informed by the accredited laboratory in Cologne, Germany, that security bottles introduced in September 2017 may potentially be susceptible to manual opening "upon freezing" of a sample.

In a fresh twist to the doping saga that threatens to overshadow the Winter Olympics , the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has refused a request for 15 Russian athletes and coaches "cleared of doping" to attend the PyeongChang Games.

In a fresh twist to the doping saga that threatens to overshadow the Winter Olympics , the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has refused a request for 15 Russian athletes and coaches "cleared of doping" to attend the PyeongChang Games.

A supporter waves a Russian flag in front of the logo of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at their headquarters on December 5, 2017 in Pully near Lausanne.The International Olympic Committee opened a high-stakes summit on December 5 on whether to bar Russia from the Winter Olympics over allegations its medal haul at the 2014 Sochi Games was fuelled by state-sponsored doping. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images): A supporter waves a Russian flag in front of the logo of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at their headquarters on December 5, 2017 in Pully near Lausanne. The International Olympic Committee opened a high-stakes summit on December 5 on whether to bar Russia from the Winter Olympics over allegations its medal haul at the 2014 Sochi Games was fuelled by state-sponsored doping. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) © FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images A supporter waves a Russian flag in front of the logo of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at their headquarters on December 5, 2017 in Pully near Lausanne. The International Olympic Committee opened a high-stakes summit on December 5 on whether to bar Russia from the Winter Olympics over allegations its medal haul at the 2014 Sochi Games was fuelled by state-sponsored doping. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has refused a request for 15 Russian athletes and coaches to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Putin says Russia hopes to turn page on doping at Olympics

  Putin says Russia hopes to turn page on doping at Olympics While branding the World Anti-Doping Agency's key witness a "nutjob," Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he hopes Russia can soon leave its years of doping scandals behind. There are 168 Russians due to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics under a neutral flag as punishment for past doping offenses. "I hope that this page will be turned, and moreover, in the very near future," the Russian president told a gathering of his supporters in Moscow ahead of March's presidential election. However, Putin continued to portray Russia as a victim of political intrigue designed to tarnish the good name of its athletes.

In a fresh twist to the doping saga that threatens to overshadow the Winter Olympics , the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has refused a request for 15 Kim Jong Un's sister joins North Korean Winter Olympics delegation. Olympic doping ban overturned for 28 Russian athletes .

(CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has refused a request for 15 Russian athletes and coaches to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics . The 13 athletes and two coaches were among 28 Russian athletes whose lifetime bans were overturned by the

The 13 athletes and two coaches were among 28 Russian athletes whose lifetime bans were overturned by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.

After the ruling, the Russian Olympic Committee requested they be allowed to attend to Olympics, which are due to start in South Korea on Friday, February 9.

In a statement issued Monday, the IOC said its interview review panel examined each application on a case-by-case basis and suspicion remained about potential anti-doping violations.

On Friday, CAS ruled in favor of 28 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans for doping violations during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, saying there was insufficient evidence to show they had broken the rules.

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South Korea to pay for North at Olympics .
The government funds will pay mainly for accommodation and food for North Korean supporters and performers.The 2.86bn Korean won ($2.64 million) will come from the South's unification ministry budget.

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