[PyeongChang 2018] Korean-born Russian short track star not to join Olympics

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The Russian Olympic team was barred last month from competing in the 2018 Winter Games because of a massive doping scandal across several Olympic games and other global competitions.

After weeks of intensive evaluation and consideration of each individual athlete from Russia, an independent Invitation Review Panel has concluded on a pool of clean athletes who can be invited to PyeongChang 2018 as an Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR), reports Xinhua news agency.

Earlier in December, the IOC chose to ban Russian Federation from the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, after an over-17-month IOC investigation "confirmed the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility".

Olympic officials did not project how many Russians would end up competing in PyeongChang, but the large pool of potential candidates means the size of the Russian contingent could match that of the Sochi Games, where Russia fielded about 230 athletes. It is reported that Ahn's team partners Denis Airapetyan and Vladimir Grigoryev have also been barred.

The 32-year-old earlier stated he would compete as a neutral athlete following the ban on Russian athletes at PyeongChang, but might be forced now to miss the Games due to him being mentioned in the McLaren report, the WADA-commissioned investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia headed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

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The latter was a Sochi 2014 gold medallist in the team relay competition, while he is also a five-time European champion. The Russian State Duma also approved a statement criticising the International Olympic Committee decision.

"Especially [as] the competitions take place in his homeland". Victor An is without doubt the god of short track. The remaining candidates will be cleared to participate if they pass additional screening such as "further pre-Games tests and reanalysis from stored samples", the International Olympic Committee said. However, it's far from clear who exactly is going to the Olympics from Russian Federation.

A decision is expected to be announced between January 29 and February 2.

He is believed to have produced a positive test result following reanalysis of his samples.

All of the Russians involved in the CAS cases were sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee for their alleged involvement in doping and sample tampering at their home Games.

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