Russia says banned athlete accredited as Olympic coach
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee says an athlete banned for doping has been accredited as a coach for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
According to an ROC list of 80 coaches it says received International Olympic Committee accreditation, Sergei Chudinov is listed as the only skeleton coach.
That’s despite Chudinov being banned from the Olympics for life by an IOC disciplinary panel in November.
The IOC ruled Chudinov was part of a Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics and ordered he was “ineligible to be accredited in any capacity” for future Olympics.
The Russia team is formally banned by the IOC for doping but 169 Russian athletes are allowed to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag.