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FIS grants temporary go-ahead for Russia’s six suspended cross-country skiers

November 23, 18:30 UTC+3

Six Russian cross-country skiers, suspended earlier by the International Olympic Committee over doping abuse allegations, were cleared to take part in international competitions

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MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. Six Russian cross-country skiers, suspended earlier by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over doping abuse allegations, were cleared to take part in international competitions before the IOC Disciplinary Commission submits "reasoned decisions," the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced in its statement on Thursday.

"The IOC Disciplinary Commission recently issued its decisions (operative part) in the cases against Cross-Country skiers Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Belov, Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Alexey Petukhov and Maxim Vylegzhanin on 1 and 9 November," according to the FIS statement.

"The commission has sanctioned them with disqualification from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and non-eligibility for future editions of the Games," the statement said. "The FIS Doping Panel is obliged to wait until the IOC Disciplinary Commission reasoned decisions are submitted with details of the evidence relied on, before it can take further actions with the cases."

"The procedures of the FIS Doping Panel take into consideration to the greatest extent possible the fact that the FIS Cross-Country World Cup season begins on 24th November 2017, but it is not possible for the FIS Doping Panel to undertake actions, which do not respect the FIS Anti-Doping Rules that are compiled in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code," according to the FIS.

"As a consequence the active athletes are eligible to compete in FIS including World Cup competitions for the time being," the statement said.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, recommended on November 9 to ban for life four Russian cross-country skiers as well as to cancel their results from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi over doping abuse allegations. The four skiers at the issue were Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexey Petukhov, Julia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova.

On November 1, the IOC Disciplinary Commission also slapped life bans on two Russian cross-country skiers, Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov, over doping abuse accusations and ruled to annul their results from the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well.

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