February 1, 2018 / 10:44 AM / a year ago

Russian sports minister: 'Justice has prevailed' after doping bans overturned

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov on Thursday hailed a court decision to overturn doping bans against Russian athletes as a victory of justice.

“All athletes were acquitted of charges in cases on doping violations at the Sochi Games,” Kolobkov said in a statement. “We are all glad that justice has finally prevailed.”

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said earlier on Thursday it had upheld appeals from 28 of 39 Russian athletes who were given lifetime Olympic bans for alleged doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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