Russian Olympians have doping bans overturned, Sochi results reinstated

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Eleven other athletes were confirmed to have committed doping offences although CAS said it had reduced their lifetime Olympic bans to a suspension from this year's Games.

Lawyers of 11 Russian athletes whose appeals over charges of anti-doping rules' violations in Sochi were partially upheld by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday will insist that their clients should be fully exonerated.

Each had been banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were held in the Russian city of Sochi.

In a separate CAS case, another 11 Russians lost their appeals against sanctions for committing doping violations.

"One can say that there wasn't any system or any sort of manipulation at the Sochi Olympic Games, we've always said that but today the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued such a ruling", said Mutko, who himself is appealing to CAS over his life ban.

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North and South Korea held their first official talks in more than two years last month after the North's leader Kim Jong Un struck a conciliatory note on relations with the South in his New Year's address.

The CAS required an even higher threshold on the necessary level of evidence than the Oswald Commission and former CAS decisions.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations of a state-sponsored doping program used in past Olympics, accusing the United States of manipulating whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov. To be able to compete, they still need to be cleared by the IOC's Invitation Review Panel and approved to join the delegation of 169 Russian athletes who will compete as neutrals.

"We will continue our uncompromising fight against doping".

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach described the PyeongChang Village as "the very place where the heart of this Olympic Winter Games will beat".

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The International Olympic Committee banned Russian Federation from the upcoming Winter Olympics after a report on a vast state-sponsored doping scheme was uncovered in the previous Games.

CAS's decision was warmly welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Those reinstated at the Sochi Olympics include skeleton gold-medalist Aleksander Tretyakov and cross-country-skiing gold-medalist Aleksander Legkov.

WADA said it noted "with serious concern" the decision by CAS, given that "all 39 athletes were part of Russia's systematic doping program".

The Russian government vehemently denies ever supporting doping.

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On January 31, Putin said the IOC's decision to ban Russia from the Olympics amounted to an "outside attack" on Russian sports.

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