MOSCOW, February 1 (RAPSI) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has fully upheld 28 and partially upheld 11 appeals filed by Russian athletes disqualified for life from participating in the Olympic games because of the doping suspicions, the press-release of the court reads.

CAS reviewed each of the cases on individual basis and did not find evidence against 28 athletes to be sufficient. At the same the court ruled that 11 athletes did violate anti-doping rule regulation but changed the punishment: instead of being banned for life the sportsmen were prohibited only from participating in the upcoming Olympic games in the Republic of Korea.

Earlier, the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee found that in 2014 Russian athletes violated the anti-doping rule regulation at the Olympic games in Sochi and decided to disqualify them for life and strip them of their medals.