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The North Koreans are coming, and the Russians, too

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The North Koreans are coming, a surprising development that adds a bit of intrigue to the Winter Olympics.

The Russians are coming, too, and probably in greater numbers than most suspected in the wake of an official ban for running a doping scheme that made a mockery out of the last games in Sochi.

No, they won't wear Russian uniforms, and the country's medal count won't be tallied on the big board in Pyeongchang. There will be no playing of the Russian national anthem should they win gold medals, which they surely will.

Yes, the Russians will be in South Korea, despite an official ban of the country from the Olympics. The only real question now is how many cheaters will be among them.

Forty-two of the 43 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans for doping at the 2014 Winter Games have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, hoping still to be allowed to compete at next month's Olympics. Their appeals have been fast-tracked, with the cases to be heard beginning Jan. 22 with verdicts issued by Jan. 31.


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