FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, men's 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony. Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist  Ahn, the short track speedskater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans.
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, men's 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony. Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Ahn, the short track speedskater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans. David J. Phillip, File AP Photo
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, men's 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony. Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Ahn, the short track speedskater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans. David J. Phillip, File AP Photo

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