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IOC refuses Russian athletes' request to join Winter Olympics

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In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo Russia's gold medal winner Alexander Legkov skis past the Olympic rings during the men's 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo Russia's gold medal winner Alexander Legkov skis past the Olympic rings during the men's 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has rejected a request to invite 15 Russians to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics just days after the athletes' doping bans were overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 13 active athletes and two retired athletes working in support roles were among a group of 28 athletes whose bans were overturned by CAS on Thursday.

The IOC said in a statement Monday "the decision of the CAS had not lifted the suspicion of doping, or given the panel sufficient confidence to recommend ... those 13 athletes could be considered as clean."

The IOC said the two coaches "should not be considered for an invitation" because of previous evidence available to the IOC.

On Sunday, IOC President Thomas Bach called the CAS ruling "extremely disappointing and surprising" and said it showed the Swiss-based CAS needs "reforms."

The IOC has invited 169 Russians to compete in Pyeongchang as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under a neutral flag and has said it has a right to review and appeal the CAS decision.

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