Olympic short track champion Viktor Ahn "banned" from 2018 Games - report Russia's leading short track skater Viktor Ahn has been banned from the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games as part of the investigation into alleged doping in Russian sport, sources report.
Figure skaters Ksenia Stolbova (a two-time medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics) and Ivan Bukin also were excluded from the list of eligible athletes by the International Olympic Committee, drawing a stern condemnation from the Russian Figure Skating Federation, which said in a statement it was "deeply disappointed in this baseless International Olympic Committee decision which is reminiscent of a provocation with the aim of forcing Russian athletes by any means possible to decline to participate in the games".
In a separate statement, the Russian figure skating federation said skaters Ksenia Stolbova and Ivan Bukin had been banned from the games, in a decision the body slammed as "groundless and absurd".
Pozdnyakov said the three athletes "have never been involved in any doping cases and all of the many samples they have given during their careers testify that they are clean athletes".
The six-time Olympic champion has been excluded from the list of Winter Games participants less than three weeks before the start of the event, which will be staged in PyeongChang in the country of his birth, South Korea, TASS reports, citing a source familiar with the situation.
Still active, he was widely expected to visit the Winter Games hosted in his original home country for his swan song after winning a silver medal in the men's 500 meters at the 2018 European Championships earlier this month.
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Russians who want to compete are being forced to pass a unique set of anti-doping tests.
Those deemed clean will be allowed to appear in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia".
The week-long hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) includes appeals from 39 Russians who competed at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi but are now banned after multiple independent reports linked them to doping.
The edited list with the names of the athletes was returned by the International Olympic Committee to the ROC on Monday and it missed the names of Russia's leading athletes, including the leader of the Russian biathlon team, Anton Shipulin.
The Russian doping scandal led to a partial ban of the nation's athletes at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
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