More Russian athletes appeal against Olympic bans

Two luge silver medalists are among a further 20 Russian athletes appealing against IOC lifetime Olympic bans.

The latest batch of appeals take the number of Russian competitors fighting bans to 42.   -  AFP

Albert Demchenko and Tatyana Ivanova are among a further 20 Russian athletes to have registered an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the lifetime Olympic bans issued by the IOC.

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The luge silver medalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics and their fellow athletes were all sanctioned for doping violations after samples from the Games in Sochi were re-analyzed as part of the Oswald Commission.

The latest batch of appeals take the number of Russian competitors fighting bans to 42.

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CAS has opened a procedure for each athlete, with the decisions of a combined hearing expected before the end of January.

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.