Russian cross-country skiers commented on the 2018 Winter Olympics saying, «If the best [athletes] aren’t there, it is not the Olympics anymore, it is a big party we are not invited to,” at a press-conference in Moscow, Thursday. Nikita Kriukov, Russian cross country skier who won the 2010 Olympic gold medal in individual sprint, added that he decided to boycott the upcoming Olympics. His... Еще fellow sportsman Aleksander Legkov compared the past year with being on a 'swing'. Legkov added nobody expected the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the doping bans of 28 Russian athletes. Minister of Sport of the Moscow Region Roman Teriushkov also gave his comments assuming that the Head of the IOC is probably aiming to «destroy the whole Olympic movement.» «Everything confirms that the IOC should be reformed,» he summarised. The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeals of 28 Russian athletes, whom the International Olympic Committee (IOC) earlier handed life bans from competing in the Olympics over charges of violating anti-doping rules at the 2014 Sochi Games. The CAS decision permits Russian athletes to keep their results from the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Aleksander Legkov and Nikita Kriukov are among those 28 athletes, but they still cannot participate in the upcoming Olympics due to the IOC’s decision. Eight Russian cross-country skiers took off from Moscow to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Monday.