Russia's short-track speed skating star Victor An has been banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) confirmed on Tuesday, in the aftermath of a state-sponsored doping scandal.
Olympic champion bi-athlete Anton Shipulin and world champion skier Sergey Ustyugov were also absent from the list, the statement said.
Over the past two months, based on the results presented by the IOC Investigative Commissions which inquired into alleged Russian doping, the Olympic governing body has penalized 43 Russian team members who competed in Sochi by prohibiting them from participating in any future Olympic Games.
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) included 500 athletes in the Olympic application which was sent to the IOC last week.
Born Ahn Hyun-soo in Seoul, the skater won three gold medals and a bronze at the 2006 Turin Games for South Korea but was passed over for Vancouver four years later due to a knee injury and after falling out with Korea's skating union.
It left the door open for Russian athletes with a clean doping history to be invited to compete as neutrals under an Olympic flag, however.
"The unfounded and absurd decision once again demonstrates the IOC's inability to eschew external influences on its decision-making", the federation said in a statement. "Regardless, their names are now missing from the list of potential participants in the games".
On December 5, the International Olympic Committee disqualified the entire Russian squad from the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea as the result of the investigation into Russia's alleged doping violations.
"We understand that there are athletes on this list who do not meet the new criteria", Mutko told state news agency TASS. They include world champions Pavel Kulizhnikov and Denis Yuskov, both of whom have previously served doping bans, as well as Ruslan Zakharov, who won an Olympic relay gold medal in short-track speedskating in Sochi in 2014. "Unfortunately, the list we received earlier didn't contain the names of several leading Russian athletes", Pozdnyakov said. That's below the number that competed for Russian Federation in 2014, but above its total from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Asked whether the Kremlin might consider a boycott in light of the new restrictions, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said "right now it is important to avoid words like 'boycott'". But we hope the situation will clear up because we do have contacts with the IOC.