Wada clears 95 Russian doping cases

Organisers have Winter Olympics admitted ticket sales have been slower than expected with international concern North Korea's nuclear weapons programme dampening enthusiam

Wada clears 95 Russian doping cases

Meanwhile, Ban emphasized that the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next year will be a safe event despite situations surrounding the Korean Peninsula with North Korea's provocations.

If the Russians are anxious about missing the upcoming Winter Olympics, one of their key leaders certainly isn't showing it. Alexander Zhukov, a Russian member of the International Olympic Committee, said: "All of them are going to Pyeongchang" when asked this week if he had any concerns about how the doping investigation in his country might affect eligibility for the Olympics next February.

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Organisers hope to sell at least 1.07 milion and said the competition schedule now posted on the PyeongChang 2018 website would help build excitement.

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"We are assisting them in everything, we contact all the parties", he added.

"I think we've made it clear that credibility for us is extremely important", Bach said. "We will continue to monitor this".

President of the World Anti-Doping Agency Craig Reedie has criticized more than a dozen national anti-doping agencies who demanded that Russian Federation be banned from 2018 Winter Olympics.

Russian Federation was banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by the IWF for "bringing weightlifting into disrepute", after a series of positive tests and several other countries are also facing potential bans.

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On behalf of Samuel Schmid, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli provided an update on the Inquiry Commission.

In resolving the case against Russia's suspended antidoping agency (Rusada), Wada has insisted the agency, the country's Olympic committee and its sports ministry "publically accept the outcomes of the McLaren Investigation".

This commission is tasked to address alleged doping uses and manipulation of samples concerning the Russian athletes, who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. More than 270 Russian athletes were cleared to compete in the Summer Games previous year in Rio.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has closed its investigation in regard to 95 of the 96 Russian athletes implicated in its McLaren Report as there "simply may not be sufficient evidence required to sanction", it has told RT.

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A declaration from WADA against the athletes would not have disqualified the athletes from the Olympics - that's done by the International Olympic Committee and each sport's governing body - but their rulings are influential.

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