REFILE - CORRECTING CITY IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the 132nd IOC Session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea, February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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The International Olympic Committee rejected a request Monday to invite 15 Russians to the Pyeongchang Winter Games just days after the athletes' doping bans were overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The 13 active athletes and two retired athletes working in support roles were among 28 athletes whose bans were overturned by CAS Thursday. Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the IOC move as "shameful". The IOC said as-yet unpublished new evidence -- not examined in the CAS process -- gave rise to new doping suspicions about the 15 Russians.The IOC did not name the athletes, but Russian officials have said they include two gold-medal winners from the 2014 Sochi Olympics -- cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton racer Alexander Tretiakov. They join dozens of other Russians who haven't been convicted of any doping offenses but failed to pass the IOC vetting for an invitation. The IOC has invited 169 Russians to compete in Pyeongchang as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under a neutral flag, but has said it reserves the right to review and appeal the CAS decision.
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