Short Track Champion Viktor Ahn to Miss Pyeongchang Olympics

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    January 24, 2018 11:30

    Six-time Olympic gold medalist Viktor Ahn will likely miss the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as he has not been included in a list of eligible Russian athletes compiled by the International Olympic Committee.

    Russian media reported Tuesday that he is not among the pool from which Russian athletes will be invited to compete in Pyeongchang as "Olympic athletes." 

    The IOC banned Russia from next month's Olympics due to "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi but granted leniency to some individual athletes not suspected of doping.

    Viktor Ahn

    The exclusion is reportedly because his name was mentioned in the McLaren Report.

    The independent report was released by professor Richard McLaren of Western University in Canada, who was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian sports.

    According to the investigation, Russia gave banned drugs to athletes from 2011 to 2015 and tampered with or discarded more than 1,000 test samples. The conclusions led the IOC to impose lifetime bans for 43 athletes involved in doping at Sochi and strip Russia of 13 of 33 medals it won in 2014.

    Ahn, who gained Russian citizenship in 2011, was not suspected of doping during the Sochi Olympics, but Russian officials may have tampered with his testing samples and others from his short track speed skating team.

    Ahn's fellow short track skaters Denis Airapetyan and Vladimir Grigoryev were also not included in the list of potential Olympic participants from Russia.

    Ahn has not yet commented on the matter.

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