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28 Russian athletes' Olympic doping bans overturned

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov at a press conference in Moscow about the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift bans on 28 Russian athletes. Photo: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

28 Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled there’s a lack of evidence proving the athletes had broken rules at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes nearly a week before the start of this year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, means the athletes’ results in Sochi will stand.