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Twenty-eight Russian athletes saw their Olympic doping bans overturned on Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on Russia into turmoil. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling would reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men's skeleton and 50-kilometer cross-country skiing. The 28 whose bans were lifted could seek late entry into the Pyeongchang Olympics, but the IOC said "not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation." The World Anti-Doping Agency, whose investigator Richard McLaren verified claims by a Russian whistleblower, said it "notes with serious concern" the CAS decision and did not rule out an appeal.
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