The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission has voiced strong support of today’s decision by CAS to dismiss the applications filed by Russian athletes that challenged the IOC decision of refusing to invite them to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Over a two-day period, 47 Russian athletes and entourage filed individual applications to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to overturn the IOC’s decision not to allow them to revoke their invitation to compete in PyeongChang.

Today the 47 appeals were dismissed in a statement delivered by a CAS spokesman at the MPC in PyoengChang – click here for CAS Press Release

Talking after the announcement, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Angela Ruggiero said: “We strongly support this decision and feel that it is another ratification of the processes we have been through to ensure fair competition. Athletes can feel confident that when they look left and right on the start line they are standing next to other clean athletes.  The situation is now clarified and the rights of the athletes are protected. It shows strong support for the tough stance of the IOC in the fight against doping.

“This decision once again backs up the credibility of processes we have ensured through the Invitation Review Panel and the Olympic Athletes of Russia Implementation Group.

“On behalf of the Athletes’ Commission, I now urge all athletes to put this matter behind us and concentrate on the Games. We know we have done everything within our power to ensure clean competition and now can’t wait to kick off this amazing celebration of sport.

“We would also urge all athletes to ensure that we respect each other; it has been a tough time for all of us, including those athletes from Russia who have earned the right to compete. The Games provide us an opportunity to showcase what sport is really about.”