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IIHF set to discuss Olympic bans of six Russian female ice hockey players

December 12, 2017, 21:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The IOC Disciplinary Commission has decided to ban for life six players from the Russian national women’s ice hockey team citing violations of anti-doping regulations

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MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The Disciplinary Board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is set to debate a recent decision made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban for life six female players from the Russian national Olympic team, the IIHF told TASS on Tuesday.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission announced its decision earlier on Tuesday to ban for life six players from the Russian national women’s ice hockey team citing violations of anti-doping regulations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"The IIHF acknowledges the decision of the Oswald Commission that found six Russian female ice hockey players guilty of anti-doping rule violations," the IIHF said in its statement addressed to TASS.

"These six cases will subsequently be referred to the IIHF Disciplinary Board for possible further sanctions, pending any appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport," according to the statement. "The IIHF Council will meet in the near future to discuss all potential implications of this decision for the Russian women’s national team."

The world’s governing Olympic body stated on Tuesday that based on the findings of the IOC’s Commission led by Denis Oswald "six Russian ice hockey players, Inna Dyubanok, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Ekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Ekaterina Smolentseva and Galina Skiba, have been sanctioned."

According to the IOC, "the six athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014," and they are also "disqualified from the events in which they participated" at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) stated that it would provide legal assistance to six Russian female national ice hockey players, sanctioned by the IOC, they decided to appeal the ruling with the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

The Denis Oswald-led commission had carried out retests of Russian athletes’ doping samples collected at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and, as a result, already cancelled the results of 25 athletes from their home Games.

Following today’s decision concerning six female ice hockey players, the number climbed to 31.

Moreover, based on the commissions' findings, the IOC Executive Board announced its decision on December 5 to suspend the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang.

The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russia could go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia.’

The upcoming Olympics, which are 23rd Winter Games, will take place in South Korea’s PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018.

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