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Russian lugers banned by IOC for doping avoid sanctions from luge body

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, the Russian national flag, right, flies after next to the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic world is bracing for more evidence of systematic Russian doping. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren is releasing his latest report on Friday Dec. 9, 2016 into allegations of state-sponsored cheating and cover-ups in Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

BERCHTESGADEN, Germany (AP) - The Russian luge athletes banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping violations at the Sochi Games are not facing sanctions by the International Luge Federation.

Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko won silver medals at the 2014 Olympics. They were banned by the IOC in December from future games and ordered to return their Sochi medals as part of the massive fallout from the doping scandal that has overshadowed those games.

But after its disciplinary commission met Tuesday, the luge federation said it is "unable to ascertain with full conviction" they were involved in doping.

That decision, however, does not override the IOC's ruling when it comes to the Pyeongchang Games next month - meaning neither is eligible to be credentialed.

Ivanova is still competing and Demchenko is coaching.

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