Team USA is fielding the largest team in Winter Olympic history

Annette Crawford
February 7, 2018

International Olympic Committee member and Court of Arbitration for Sport president John Coates walks off stage after delivering a report on recent activities by CAS during the 132nd IOC Session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

"This is in the hands of the implementation group, which we have established".

But the IOC did invite 169 Russians without any past history of doping violations to compete under a neutral flag using the name "Olympic Athletes from Russia", provided they meet strict guidelines on doping.

"I really believe in the Olympic spirit", Bach told reporters when asked whether the joint Korea team was a PR move or if there was political substance.

The 15 applicants include cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, who won gold in the 50 km freestyle and silver in the 4x10 km relay at the 2014 Sochi Games, and skeleton athlete Elena Nikitina, who won bronze, among others.

The IOC said the two coaches "should not be considered for an invitation" because of previous evidence available to the IOC.

"The panel's decisions are expected to be announced either late in the evening of 8 February 2018 or in the morning of 9 February 2018", Cas said.

The 13 athletes and two coaches were initially blacklisted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which said they were not "clean".

Bach also mentioned the issue of the reallocation of medals received by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi.

Now 167 Russians are due to compete. Ahead of the games, the PyeongChang Cultural Olympiad kicked off on Saturday.

The opening ceremony for the competition is due to take place on Friday. In some moments it was bad. The organising committee's response has been absolutely first class in this situation.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking into the working of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and has warned them that the sport may be removed from the 2020 Tokyo games if their governance doesn't improve.

Just one ice-hockey player reportedly had a doping test during the period between September and December, with no tests being conducted in skiing and skating - events in which North Korea will compete at PyeongChang.

WEARING A LOGO of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year's Olympics finally saw game action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators in a country that never previously showed much passion for hockey.

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