15 Russian athletes want to compete in upcoming Olympics after bans overturned
IOC review panel to decide on Friday whether they can participate
The International Olympic Committee says it will review the cases of 15 Russian athletes ahead of the Winter Olympics Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the light of a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"Those 15 names will be given to the invitation review panel," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Saturday.
Adams said "our decision will come before the games start [on Friday,]" and that "we reserve our right to review and appeal the CAS decision."
The CAS ruling on Thursday overturned the doping bans on 28 Russian athletes, citing insufficient evidence. Russia said it wants to send 15 of the 28 to Pyeongchang, including gold medal-winning skeleton slider Alexander Tretiakov and cross-country ski gold medallist Alexander Legkov.
The IOC invitation review panel is chaired by former French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron.