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IOC chief calls CAS ruling ‘extremely disappointing’

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IOC President Thomas Bach has described as “extremely disappointing and surprising” a recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that lifted Olympic doping bans for 28 Russian athletes.

Bach, who made the remarks during a press briefing in Pyeongchang on Sunday, said the decision shows an “urgent” need to reform the court’s internal structure.

The CAS ruling on Thursday overturned the doping bans on 28 Russian athletes, citing insufficient evidence. Russia said it wants to send 15 of the 28 to Pyeongchang, including gold medal-winning skeleton slider Alexander Tretiakov and cross-country ski gold medalist Alexander Legkov.

Bach says an independent panel will review and make a recommendation on Russian cases. He says he hopes a final decision on them will be made “in the next couple of days.”

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