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International Olympic Committee invite 169 Russian athletes to Winter Olympics

International Olympic Committee invite 169 Russian athletes to Winter Olympics

They could be joined by speed skaters Pavel Kulizhnikov, Denis Yuskov and Victor An, also barred from competing at Pyeongchang 2018 by the IOC.

Local media here referred to revelations appearing on the Internet, where WADA officials comment on how to minimize the possibilities of the participation of Russian athletes in Olympic competitions.

He said 169 athletes had been cleared, adding that the top competitors "did not make it on to this list".

"If such an athlete is not on the list then this independent panel has serious indications", of a doping past, Bach said.

Russian Federation has been entirely banned from the Winter Olympics, although individual athletes are allowed to compete under a neutral banner provided they pass stringent anti-doping tests.

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At the very least, they want the International Olympic Committee to tell them why are not allowed to compete. To monitor compliance with such restrictions, a special commission is created, notes the sports institution that on December 5 decided that the Russian delegation could attend the Winter Olympics under a neutral flag.

"All athletes were registered, the team of Russian Olympic athletes was registered in full volume", Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) First Vice President Stanislav Pozdnyakov told Sputnik. "Henceforth, they are de facto in it and can get accredited".

The number confirms the figure given Thursday by the suspended Russian Olympic Committee.


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