Anti-doping agencies demand Russian Federation be banned from Winter Olympics

The competition schedule for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games has been unveiled

"Quite frankly, we're getting hammered every day ... to the point where there's a perception out there, not just from the media, but from average people who feel nearly betrayed by what they see as continual acts of corruption by high people in worldwide sports", said Richard Peterkin, the IOC member from Saint Lucia.

"This is not the first time this group of anti-doping agencies fuels the hysteria over the Russian team's participation in Pyeongchang", he said.

Swiss Oswald, who did not say how many athletes could be involved, said the first hearings would start in October.

But the International Olympic Committee chose not to impose a blanket ban, instead leaving decisions on whether Russians could compete to individual sporting federations.

We don't have any of the names or sports of the 96 athletes, but the one who was disciplined was prosecuted because an incriminating urine sample was uncovered.

Meanwhile, a first batch of athletes suspected of having been part of a Russian doping ring at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics may soon be charged with doping-related offences, according to the head of the investigation.

"The mishandling of this Russian Federation doping crisis has left the athletes of the world wondering if global anti-doping regulations have teeth and whether their fundamental right to clean sport matters", the statement said.

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Winter Olympic chiefs Thursday unveiled the official schedule of the 2018 Pyeonchang Games in South Korea, saying the programme would help turn around sluggish ticket sales.

President Thomas Bach, who spearheaded the move to keep Russian Federation eligible for Rio, has said he's withholding judgment until the committee reports are complete.

In resolving the case against Russia's suspended antidoping agency (Rusada), Wada has insisted the agency, the country's Olympic committee and its sports ministry "publically accept the outcomes of the McLaren Investigation". Some, like cycling, rowing and track and field, adopted blanket bans, while others allowed athletes who could prove they were clean to participate. "Now, several years later, remains too little evidence", said WADA Director General Olivier Niggli (eng.lang.). Oswald spelled out a clearly defined ranking of the importance of the cases, starting with Russian athletes trying to compete in next year's Olympics.

WADA director general Olivier Niggli told AP that because part of the Russian doping scheme involved getting rid of positive samples, proving some of the cases would be hard. Russian IOC member Alexander Zhukov was encouraged.

Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's discredited anti-doping laboratory, identified in a 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report as an "aider and abettor of the doping activities", revealed a scheme for covering up Russian competitors' positive drug samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"The comments made.omit entirely all the work that's been done to develop proper anti-doping systems in Russia", Reedie said.

Reedie called the criticisms "unhelpful and backward looking".

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