AZUZ: With the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics just weeks away, the Court ofArbitration for Sport is about to get very busy. That's the court of appeals and that dozens ofRussian athletes who were banned from competing in the games are hoping the Court ofArbitration can clear their names and allow them to take part in the Olympics.
After an investigation into alleged doping, illegally taking drugs to perform better, theInternational Olympic Committee banned 43 Russian athletes for life. Forty-two of them areappealing. Many of them say they're part of, quote, collective punishment against Russia, anation that's historically been an Olympic powerhouse. The country has repeatedly denied that ithad a doping program for its athletes, but investigators say Russia had a system that allowedhundreds of athletes to cheat.
The entire Russian Olympic Committee has been suspended from the 2018 Winter Games soany banned athletes who are cleared will not be allowed to compete under the Russian flag orthe Russian national anthem.
After almost three days of being partially shut down, the U.S. government was expected toreopen last night. Legislation to temporarily fund the government and keep it from shuttingdown had been held up in the Senate, where Democrats used a filibuster to block it. Theymainly wanted an immigration agreement to be reached before they move forward withgovernment funding. Republicans who control the Senate with a slim majority wanted thegovernment to reopen before negotiations on immigration continue.
Yesterday, the two sides reached what was called an arrangement. Republican leaderspromised that the Senate would consider an immigration bill in February and most Democratsthen voted to end the filibuster, leading to the reopening of the government. The tally was 81in favor of moving forward, to 18 against.
The shutdown was set to end after the Senate, the House of Representatives and the WhiteHouse all signed off on the funding legislation.