International Olympic Committee confirms Russian athletes eligible for PyeongChang

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Based on the Oswald commission's findings, 43 Russian athletes were stripped of their titles at the 2014 Winter Games and barred for life from the Olympics.

This Associated Press file photo taken December 5, 2017, shows the entrance of the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The U.S. Olympic team for PyeongChang announced Friday is 242 athletes, making it the largest Winter Olympic team for any nation in history.

Among them are Sochi gold and silver medallist figure skater Ksenia Stolbova and ice dancer Ivan Bukin as well as Olympic champion short-track speed skater Viktor Ahn, none of whom had been sanctioned for doping in Sochi.

"Today the IOC officially registered the lists of athletes and the Russian delegation in their system", Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the head of the Russian Olympic delegation, told Russian news agency TASS.

With 10 African-Americans, 11 Asian-Americans and the first two openly gay male athletes, the 2018 team is the most diverse USA team ever.

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The IOC banned Russian Federation from the 2018 Olympics after the report, which documented a vast Moscow-backed doping scheme in previous Games.

The IOC says it chose "from the pool of 389 athletes who could potentially be invited to the games depending on available quota places".

The Americans won 28 medals, including nine golds, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and with 103 Olympians returning, they are looking for an equally strong showing. The reasons for his exclusion weren't immediately apparent, though it was widely presumed An was implicated in doping.

But Bach also said keeping athletes off the list didn't necessarily mean the panel had "the final evidence for an anti-doping violation".

In response, Russian athletes who received a lifetime ban filed at least 42 appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with the final decision on their cases expected to be delivered by January 31. Russian Federation took 232 athletes to the 2014 Sochi Games.

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