‘Dig­ni­fied’ cer­e­monies for cheated medal­lists

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Ath­letes cheated out of medals by Rus­sian com­peti­tors at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be of­fered a “dig­ni­fied” medal cer­e­mony at the next Win­ter Games in Fe­bru­ary. “We are do­ing from our side ev­ery­thing what we can to speed up this pro­ce­dure,” In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Thomas Bach said. Hours ear­lier, the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport said it reg­is­tered ap­peals by 22 Rus­sians against their dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions from the Sochi Games for their part in the state-backed con­spir­acy. Bach said any ath­letes up­graded in their event by the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of a Rus­sian would be in­vited to the PyeongChang Olympics. The court said the Rus­sian ath­letes have also re­quested ver­dicts be­fore the PyeongChang Games open on Feb. 9. If cleared, some ath­letes could be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete if ap­proved by an IOCcre­ated panel.

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