Emil Hegle Svendsen

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TASS, 2 Feb. The international Olympic Committee (IOC) does not have an adequate amount of evidence in order to remove pure Russian athletes from the Games. This was stated by three-time Olympic biathlon champion Emil Hegle Svendsen, quoted the Norwegian TV channel NRK.

On Thursday the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeal 28 the Russian athletes at the decision the IOC about a lifetime suspension from the Olympics and the cancellation of the results at the Games in Sochi because of the anti-doping rule violation. Appeals 11 the Russians were partially satisfied – the court found grounds to declare them guilty of violating anti-doping rules, but their life-long suspension replaced to permit the Olympic games to be held in South Korea’s Pyeongchang .

“I think the IOC should be ashamed that they suspended Russian athletes, many of whom are now justified CAS – said the Norwegian Svendsen. – Lot we do not know, but there is no doubt that IOC is not enough evidence to disqualify Russian athletes from the Games. It’s not the noise we want for a few days before the Olympics, all this talk is cause for concern and spoil the mood.”

32-year-old Svendsen is a three-time winner of the Olympic games, 12-time world champion. The athlete joined the men’s team of Norway biathlon at the Games in 2018, which will be held from 9 to 25 February.