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A special tribunal based in Switzerland has overturned lifetime Olympic bans for 28 Russian athletes accused of doping and reinstated their results from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea begin on 9 February.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the there was "insufficient" evidence that the athletes had benefited from a system of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Games, hosted by Russian Federation.

It said that for the 11 athletes whose appeals had been partially upheld, evidence "was sufficient to establish an anti-doping rule violation" had taken place.

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Saying the entire Russian population was very emotional for the athletes, Putin added, "We will do our utmost in order to support them". It makes it clear that, since the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) is suspended, Russian athletes can participate in PyeongChang only on invitation by the IOC.

Those whose results have been reinstated at the Sochi 2014 Olympics include skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov and cross-country ski gold medalist Alexander Legkov.

President Moon Jae-in has seen his support rate drop over his administration's response to North Korea's participation in the Games, especially after it made a decision to form a combined women's ice hockey team with athletes from the two Koreas for the Winter Olympics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today apologized to Russian athletes for "not protecting them against outside pressures".

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The International Olympic Committee said it was not obliged to invite the 28 Russians to compete in South Korea. Hearings over the three remaining appeals will be heard after the Winter Games. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million USA dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

In a separate CAS case, another 11 Russians lost their appeals against sanctions for committing doping violations.

A 17-month probe by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found "beyond reasonable doubt" the Russian Ministry of Sport and its Olympic preparation team had allowed state-funded doping at Sochi.

CAS's verdict drew a whithering response from Jim Walden, the lawyer of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

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