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But a certain number of "clean" Russian athletes were allowed to take part as neutrals.

In suspending the Russian Olympic Committee, the IOC offered individual athletes the chance to come to the 2018 Games, as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", and "via prescribed conditions - a process that was created to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia".

Despite the fact that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the IOC bans on 28 eight athletes and dropped all the doping charges against them, the Olympic governing body refused to invite the cleared athletes to PyeongChang.

Russia's desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes - including several medal favorites - into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before Friday's opening ceremony.

The World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the CAS ruling.

The IOC was swift to welcome the decision, the latest twist in the Russian doping scandal, saying the ruling "supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes".

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Russia, with its highly orchestrated, clandestine doping programme in full swing, topped the medals table at their home Sochi Games four years ago.

To get to the Olympics, Sergeeva had to pass an International Olympic Committee vetting process, with athletes' names checked against data of possible past Russian drug use and cover-ups.

CAS said the Russian side "did not demonstrate" that the process the International Olympic Committee put into place, two special panels to vet and independently review each individual application, was "carried out in a discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner".

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Russian athletes lose last ditch appeal to join the Winter Olympics". "And begging for invitations all the time is beyond reasonable", he said.

Among the athletes who were hoping to gatecrash the Olympics by forcing an invite through CAS were Victor Ahn and and Elena Nikitina.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday dismissed 47 appeals from Russian athletes and coaches to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, putting an end to a months-long saga over their Olympic fate.

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Russian Federation simply has to go along with this farce for the first 16 days of the games, which includes accepting a prohibition on the raising of its flag or the playing of its national anthem during official ceremonies, the wearing of neutral-sounding-but-not-really OAR uniforms during the competition, and eschewing any sort of mass protest that might embarrass the IOC.

"I am confident that today's decision is mostly a reaction to the outcry from clean athletes against Olympic corruption and complicity".

"That is great news, " said US women's skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender, who placed fourth in the Sochi Olympics - one spot behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, who was one of the 45 appealing her ban.

"Undoubtedly, everybody including the athletes think that the decision is unfair, because representatives of the Russian team have been barred from the competition without reasonable explanation. It needs to be the same for every country", said United States of America bobsledder Nick Cunningham. If you're not a clean athlete then you should not compete.

"I would like to hope that this situation will change and normalize".

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