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.

More news: Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates birthday with Raiola and Pogba
More news: Chelsea reach agreement with Roma for Dzeko and Emerson
More news: India vs South Africa: COA To Review India's Dismal Performance in Tests

"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.

Related Articles

  • Travel chaos after gas leak shuts Charing Cross station

    Travel chaos after gas leak shuts Charing Cross station

    Transport for London tweeted that "A4 Strand/Northumberland St is closed" between Trafalgar Square and Bedford Street. It said 1,000 people from the nightclub and 350 residents and business personnel were evacuated.
    Bacardi Buys Patron for $5B as High-End Tequila Booms

    Bacardi Buys Patron for $5B as High-End Tequila Booms

    In total, tequila sales have climbed by an average of 6 percent each year since 2002, according to the Distilled Spirits Council . With the category's sales surging, Diageo Plc paid $1 billion to acquire George Clooney's start-up Casamigos a year ago .
    Multiple people shot at Kentucky high school

    Multiple people shot at Kentucky high school

    At least five students were shot at the high school, Marshall County Emergency Management officials said according to CBS News. Sheriff's officials say the boy was found and taken into custody without incident. "Much yet unknown...
  • What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test?

    What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test?

    The White House chefs, Jackson said , are now cooking for him a much healthier diet. I mean, I'm strong, physically, ' he said. "It's called genetics.

    Ranking Likely 2018 WWE Royal Rumble Winners After Raw 25

    It led to a brawl with Sheamus and Cesaro that ended with Rollins mistakenly hitting Jordan with a knee from the top rope. Kudos to the WWE for the small touches at Manhattan Center and for playing old theme songs throughout the show.
    Antonio Conte reveals Kenedy set for loan move to Newcastle United

    Antonio Conte reveals Kenedy set for loan move to Newcastle United

    He must be ready to fight to play in Newcastle. "It will be better not only for Chelsea, but every team [when window closes]". He has made just five appearances this season, impressing most recently in last week's FA Cup victory over Norwich.
  • Odisha pays tribute to Netaji, Surendra Sai on their Birth Anniversary

    Odisha pays tribute to Netaji, Surendra Sai on their Birth Anniversary

    He was initially an active member of the Congress in Culcutta, but later on founded the Swaraj Party in 1922. Congress' official twitter handle posted a tribute to the leader along with a quote by Netaji.
    Arsenal, Manchester United Finalize Swap Deal For Sanchez And Mkhitaryan

    Arsenal, Manchester United Finalize Swap Deal For Sanchez And Mkhitaryan

    While Henrikh Mkhitaryan , who has moved the other way, is a thoughtful, sometimes inspired player, Sanchez is a firecracker. United typically revealed their new signing in style, posting a glossy promotional video on Twitter (see below).

    Arsenal reignite their interest in signing Chris Smalling

    Leicester and Everton have also shown interest in Evans, who could well be even more in demand when the summer window rolls around.
  • West Ham United fans respond to Javier Hernandez's agent's comments

    West Ham United fans respond to Javier Hernandez's agent's comments

    Javier Hernandez has struggled to get playing time underneath new West Ham boss David Moyes . "I'd like to think so, yeah". Both Lanzini and Arnautovic have picked up injuries, which could force Moyes to start picking Hernandez.
    Gas prices in MA  hold steady at $2.51 per gallon

    Gas prices in MA hold steady at $2.51 per gallon

    Over the past week, the price at the pump has climbed 9 cents statewide and 6 cents in the Miami area, according to surveys. Redman says demand may have been down due to the winter weather, but prices remain high due to a growing economy.
    Parents accused of holding 13 children captive charged with torture, child abuse

    Parents accused of holding 13 children captive charged with torture, child abuse

    Billy Baldwin and his mother bought the house a year later, the interior trashed, the bathroom floor rotted through, he said. A law enforcement official told NBC News that the 13 siblings were fed just one rationed meal a day.