A total of 42 Russian athletes have now lodged appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an effort to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang winter Olympics, while Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has also lodged an appeal to the court against a lifetime ban from the Games.
In December, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from competing at the 2018 Olympics after finding evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of doping results surrounding the 2014 Games in Sochi.
The IOC also suspended Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member while Mutko (pictured) – who was Sports Minister when the Sochi Games took place – was banned from participating at future editions of the Olympics.
Mutko has since stepped down as chairman of the local organising committee for the 2018 Fifa World Cup and the Russian Football Union (RFU) to concentrate on fighting the punishment imposed on him.
CAS said yesterday (Tuesday) that 20 more appeals from Russian athletes had been submitted, taking the total number to 42.
The athlete cases will be fast-tracked so that they are heard together in the week beginning January 22. Verdicts are expected to be issued by January 31 – nine days before the Games’ opening ceremony and three days after the IOC’s official deadline for entries.
Mutko’s case will not be heard until after the conclusion of the Olympics.