Switzerland: Russian athletes arrive at court to fight lifetime ban

Journalist (Russian): «Do you have any optimism that the verdict will be positive for Russia?» Alexey Petukhov, cross country skier (Russian): «That's why we are here — to hear such a verdict. We are fighting for our truth and hope for honesty.» Russia’s cross country skiers arrived at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) hearing in Geneva on Friday accompanied by their federation... Еще president Elena Vyalbe and lawyers. Speaking to the press, the athletes hoped for a fair verdict. «All people here are adequate. After all this is a court and it should be reasonable,» said Russian cross country skier Alexey Petukhov. An elderly couple visiting from Saint Petersburg said that the situation was disappointing and sad and criticised a generalisation of all Russian athletes, especially those who were not involved in the doping scandal. In December, the IOC announced that only 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral «Olympic Athlete from Russia» (OAR) flag, following an investigation into alleged Russian state-sponsored doping. The athletes, banned from all future Olympic Games, hope to clear their names to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

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