>> 28 Russian athletes that were banned from the Olympics in doping scandals have had their cases cleared. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, the highest tribunal in professional athletics, has overturned the bans from the International Olympic Committee. The court says there's insufficient evidence against them. Another 11 athletes, who the court believes did violate rules on performance drugs, had their lifetime bans removed in favor of a single ban from this year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
That means that of the 43 total who were banned in the wake of the 2014 Sochi Games, only three are still waiting to have their appeals heard. A fourth hasn't tried for an appeal. It's not yet known whether the 28 cleared athletes will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang now, but the incident certainly raises questions over how the Sochi scandal was handled.
At the time, the IOC accused Russia of systemic manipulation of the anti doping system. And it resulted in team Russia as a whole being technically banned from participating this year. Although at least 169 Russian Olympians are still participating as independent competitors, a turnout on par with their team in Vancouver.
The so-called Olympic Athletes from Russia have their own uniform, they just can't march under their national flag. The Russian government's hailed the successful appeals as a victory for justice.