>> An independent tribunal has rolled dozens of Russians athletes caught in the Olympics doping scandal, cannot compete this years winter games. The court of arbitration for sport is the highest judicial body in the world for athletes, and made the decision to dismiss 47 appeals from Russians athletes and coaches on the same day as the games opening ceremony.
>> The CAS arbitrators have considered that the process created by the IOC to establish an invitation list of Russian athletes to compete as Olympic athletes from Russia could not be described as a sanction, but rather as an eligibility decision.>> The Russians had appealed their exclusion from the games by the International Olympic Committee over the 2014 games doping scandal.
Reuters Carlos Droman is following the story from Pyeongchang.>> What it means is that, now this is an end to the Russian doping saga, and the possible participation of some other Russian athletes at the Olympic games. Given that the IOC has selected 169 carefully screened athletes with no doping past, to invite them to compete at the games as the Olympic athletes from Russia, because Russia has officially been banned from the games.
>> The Russians competing are technically independent athletes even with the uniform, and they're considered neutrals. CAS's decision has been welcomed by the IOC after bad blood last week when the court overturned a ban 28 Russians who had no prior doping record and said there wasn't enough evidence against them.
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister called Friday's decision understandable but disappointing.