Fifteen banned Russian athletes lodge second appeal to top sports court

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Some of the 32 Russians are already in Far East countries like Japan so they will be acclimatized and ready to travel to Pyeongchang if invited.

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CAS announced on Wednesday afternoon that the case of 32 Russians had been adjourned.

The IOC was given until 9am local time on Thursday to provide its written submission, with the panel scheduled to reconvene at 12pm.

CAS is also handling appeals of Russians, including Olympic champion skater Viktor Ahn, who had not been named in the doping investigations or had any prior doping offences but were still not invited due to doping suspicions by the IOC. The athletes are challenging the IOC's refusal to invite them to participate in the Winter Games in PyeongChang this month. If they win, it would force the International Olympic Committee to accept athletes it considers to be linked to doping offenses.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has defended the organization's handling of the Russian Federation doping scandal ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

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Justifying the decision to snub Russian athletes cleared by CAS, the International Olympic Committee said it had considered "additional elements and/or evidence" which was not available to the Oswald Commission, but was presented to the International Olympic Committee panel by WADA.

The letter says "we believe it is important to respect and treat each of these athletes equally". "If we need more time, perhaps it will be Friday morning".

About 1,200 people working security were being kept in their rooms while being tested for norovirus. Games organizers said Wednesday that 32 workers are being treated and are in quarantine.

Six other Russian athletes' appeals were thrown out.

CAS added that as well as short-track speedskating great Ahn, the 32 include world cross-country skiing champion Sergei Ustyugov and world biathlon champion Anton Shipulin. They were all banned previous year for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but those verdicts were overturned last week by CAS, sports' highest court. They're now seeking to force the International Olympic Committee to invite them to the Pyeongchang Games.

The hearing came less than a week after the Swiss-based CAS, citing insufficient evidence, lifted the lifetime bans for 28 Russian athletes and coaches for doping violations at the 2014 Games.

"We're hoping for a fair and logical decision from the court, " he said.

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