International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach prepares to open an IOC Executive Board meeting prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Fifteen Russians whose life bans for doping were lifted last week have been barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee said Monday, as Russia's drugs conspiracy continued to reverberate just days from the opening ceremony.The 15 were among a group of 28 Russians who had been banned for life from the Olympics for doping, but whose suspensions were overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport Thursday.They included 13 athletes and two ex-athletes now working as support staff. The IOC has barred Russia from the Pyeongchang Olympics, which open Friday, over a widespread doping conspiracy. At Rio, the IOC stopped short of banning Russia and instead left the decision on their participation up to individual sports federations, creating some confusion in the build-up to the Games.
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