[Olympics] All 45 Russian Athletes Have LOST Appeal, Will Not Be Allowed To Compete

This story is breaking, but The AP has reported that the ongoing appeals of the Russian athletes looking for special dispensation to compete in this year's Winter Olympics have been denied.

The official IOC Media twitter account has since tweeted this msg:

You may recall that Russia was banned from participation by the IOC because of a state-approved doping pandemic across the various sports disciplines.

We should note, however, that there are Russian athletes competing this year, just not under the country's name. 169 athletes were invited to be a part of the OAR group, "Olympic Athlete from Russia".  The way it's been explained during NBC's coverage thus far is if an OAR wins a gold medal, it will be the Olympic anthem that plays, and not Russia's.

The BBC also just ran a report, but they stated there were 47 athletes denied, saying:

"Court of Arbitration for Sport dismisses appeal against Winter Olympics ban by 47 Russian athletes and coaches"

Director of the Oscar nominated documentary Icarus Bryan Fogel has issued some thoughts about the entire thing to Entertainment Weekly, who happened to publish their story right on top of the announcement of the IOC decision re: the Russians.  His hope, he says, is to provoke "clean athletes to boycott the games".

"Russia's been banned from the Olympics technically, but of course, within the corruption of the IOC, they've found their ways creatively around this ban to allow Russia in the Olympics."

He added, "It's a slap in the face to every clean athlete in the world to basically punish a fraud of this magnitude that was going on for 30 years with what is really, in effect, a slap on the wrist."

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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