The International Olympic Committee decided not to invite the delegation of 13 Russian athletes and two coaches, who had been previously justified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This was mentioned in the message on the organization's website.
The IOC claims that every particular case was considered separately; however, despite the court decision, the Committee expressed doubts whether the Russian athletes are 'clear' of the performance-enhancing substances.
'Following the detailed analysis conducted by the Panel, its members observed that there were additional elements and/or evidence, which could not be considered by the IOC Oswald Commission because it was not available to it, that raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes. The additional information included data from the LIMS database, traces of prohibited substances, evidence of steroid profile manipulation and further confidential information provided to the Panel by WADA', the post reads.
Last week, the CAS allowed the appeal of 28 Russian athletes regarding the IOC's decision, under which they were banned from participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Besides, the Russian athletes re-gained some of the medals they had claimed during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, amidst the doping scandal. The court ruled that there were not enough evidence to prove their participation in the doping scheme.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang from February 9 through 25.