Russian Federation says Ahn among top athletes barred from Pyeongchang

Russian Federation says Ahn among top athletes barred from Pyeongchang

Olympic champion biathlete Anton Shipulin and world champion skier Sergei Ustyugov were also absent from the list of athletes invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the statement said. "They were never involved in doping stories and the many tests they passed over their careers have showed that they are clean athletes". RIA Novosti also said the Russian Olympic Committee confirmed An's absence from the 2018 Winter Games.

Ksenia Stolbova's partner was allowed, but he can not compete without his partner.

Bukin won bronze with his partner Alexandra Stepanova at the latest European Championships.

"By acting like this, the International Olympic Committee can be compared to a despot and a tyrant, trampling on laws and deciding people's fate simply according to its whims", he said in a statement.

The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russia might go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for 'Olympic Athlete from Russia.' The IOC reserved the right to the final word in regard to Russian athletes, who will go to PyeongChang under the neutral status.

The six-time Olympic champion has been excluded from the list of Winter Games participants less than three weeks before the start of the event, which will be staged in PyeongChang in the country of his birth, South Korea, TASS reports, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regretted that the three athletes were not considered eligible for Pyeongchang.

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"This ungrounded and absurd decision once again proves the inadequacy of the IOC statements that it makes decisions on its own without yielding to outside pressure and violates all basic principles of the Olympic Charter, in particular the inadmissibility of discrimination, the observance of the principles of solidarity and fair play", the RFSF statement said.

More than 40 Russian athletes, including Sochi Olympic champions Alexander Legkov, and Alexander Tretyakov have been slapped with life bans from the IOC and had their Sochi records annulled as punishment for alleged doping violations in Sochi.

Following the announcement, official invitations were to be forwarded personally to Russian athletes, who were granted the right for competing under the neutral flag at the 2018 Games.

Even without those five players, the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team will be the heavy favorite for the men's hockey tournament.

The week-long hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) includes appeals from 39 Russians who competed at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi but are now banned after multiple independent reports linked them to doping.

He now lives in Russian Federation with his South Korean wife and child.

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