PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Two groups of Russian athletes seeking late entry for the Pyeongchang Olympics had their appeals adjourned Wednesday, leaving decisions on their participation to the eve of the opening ceremony at the earliest.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned 28 of those and partially upheld 11 more appeals.
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.
The cases of all 15 will now be re-analysed by an Invitation Review Panel, chaired by France's Valerie Fourneyron, which is responsible for inviting athletes to the "neutral" Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team.
Later on, International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said the beleaguered organisation awaited the CAS decision on the appeal from the 32 uninvited Russians but was "very confident of our position".
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The late appeal will raise hopes that Ahn, who switched allegiance to Russian Federation in 2011 after falling out with South Korea's skating authorities, can make an emotional end to his Olympic career in his native country.
Earlier on Monday the International Olympic Committee ruled that 15 Russian athletes and staff who controversially had their life bans for doping lifted last week will not be invited to Pyeongchang.
"I'm sorry, but that is not an appropriate response by the IOC to a flagrant attack on the Olympic Games and on clean athletes by Russian Federation", he said.
PYEONGCHANG-The decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn lifetime Olympic bans on 28 Russian athletes came as a complete surprise and it could make the fight against doping more hard, said IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday.
The IOC " IOC had banned 43 Russians over doping offences at the Sochi Olympics past year.
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The IOC has barred Russian Federation from the Pyeongchang Olympics, which open on Friday, over a widespread doping conspiracy.
The IOC also banned 43 Russians for life from the Olympics following a further inquiry.
"The IOC, we would never have expected this", Bach said as uncertainty lingers over the Russian athletes.
The IOC has argued that as yet unpublished new evidence - not examined in the CAS process - has given rise to new doping suspicions about the 15 athletes.
"This decision has little in common with sports, its goal is to do political damage to Russian Federation", he said. Lawyers representing both sides said very little, leaving the court's secretary general, Matthieu Reeb, to defend it in the face of criticism from Bach and others.
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