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Dozens of Russian athletes have lost an eleventh-hour bid to join the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected their appeal.

The strip follows strict guidelines from the International Olympic Committee's (IOC), which ban neutral athletes from wearing the Russian tricolour or any other national symbol.

But the 47 athletes and coaches who challenged the IOC's decision not to invite them to the Games had their appeals thrown out by CAS, which upheld the suspensions on Friday.

Russia, a winter sports powerhouse, were found guilty of tampering with doping samples at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to give its athletes an edge at their home Games.

PyeongChang 2018 is the first Winter Olympic Games to be hosted by South Korea, which also hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988.

Though else 13 athletes and two coaches from Russian Federation had their suspension lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAF), the International Olympic Committee refused to give them permission for Pyeongchang 2018. He said that if the Russian athletes implicated in doping had been allowed to take part in the Games now "it would have caused shock". "Even more disturbing is the fact that even CAS wouldn't be able to protect athletes, because its opinion apparently no one takes into account anymore", Galavtine said.

"Every effort has been made to provide a proper playing field for the athletes", WADA President Craig Reedie said. The group also walked out under the Olympic flag rather than the Russian flag, and was not allowed the honor of a flag bearer, with that role going instead to a volunteer from the Olympic committee.

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An Olympic volunteer will carry the Olympic flag when Russian Federation marches into the stadium on Friday. After the court published its decision, President of the IOC Thomas Bach claimed there was a need to reform CAS.

Though there are several restrictions for OAR athletes.

The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the decision.

The IOC is refusing to invite 13 of the 28 athletes that are still active to Pyeongchang.

The easy way out: when you come up with a plan, and you can articulate reasons for the plan, whether the reasons are or are not slam-dunk great, then you have a reasonably legitimate chance to prevail. And 15 medalists during the 2012 London Olympics, where Russian Federation won 72 medals, had samples that had been tampered with. In Sochi, Russia had 232 athletes compete in the games and 177 in Vancouver.

Only 169 Russian athletes were cleared for participation on the "OAR" squad in the 2018 Winter Olympics.