The Court of Arbitration for Sport has received 20 more appeals from Russian athletes against Olympic doping bans, taking the total to 42.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko also lodged his appeal against a lifetime ban from the Olympics, the sports court said on Tuesday.
While Mutko's case will not be heard until after next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the athletes' appeals will be fast-tracked.
CAS said those cases will be heard together in the week beginning Jan. 22, and it expects verdicts will be issued by Jan. 31.
That is nine days before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, and three days after the International Olympic...