Calgary luger Sam Edney didn't mince words after learning about the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling that sanctions against the athletes should be annulled and their individual results at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi be reinstated because of insufficient evidence.
The IOC said the decision by Cas "may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping", while the US Anti-Doping Agency focused the blame back on the IOC, calling the situation a "sorry mess".
It has also reinstated their results from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
According to Reuters, Russia will now ask the International Olympic Committee to grant permission to participate in Pyeongchang to the athletes who had their bans overturned.
"This shows that this is a new generation of Russian athletes", the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.
It's still unclear if Tretiakov, Nikitina or any of the other now-unbanned Russians will be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Games, which open next week. A hearing for the remaining three athletes was postponed.
"I know very well the athletes they didn't let go (to the Olympics)".
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has asked the IOC to clarify the issue regarding the invitation of the cleared athletes not later than Friday.
The former skeleton athlete told BBC Sport he was "appalled and angry" after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) overturned the suspensions of 28 Russians for doping, and partially upheld 11 other appeals.
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"Not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation", the International Olympic Committee said in a statement issued after the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its verdicts.
Cas said its mandate was not to "determine generally whether there was an organised scheme allowing the manipulation of doping control samples in the Sochi laboratory".
Putin praised the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) verdict, saying that the court has proved the innocence of the Russian athletes, but added that the opposing side of the dispute should be treated with due respect. "In this context, it is also important to note that, in his press conference, the CAS Secretary General insisted that the CAS decision does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent", the statement said.
"In 28 cases, the evidence collected was found to be insufficient to establish that an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was committed by the athletes concerned". It expressed its "satisfaction on one hand and disappointment on the other" at Thursday's decision, made eight days before the 2018 Winter Olympics begin in South Korea.
The IOC says it will not necessarily invite the 28 Russian athletes who won their Sochi Olympic doping case appeals to compete at the Pyeongchang Games.
"The CAS decision has vindicated our claims regarding the athletes who haven't been involved in doping", Putin said.
So far, only the decision to uphold the appeals has been released and not the grounds that lie behind the decision.
Pengilly added: "When McLaren and the Oswald Commission regard Rodchenkov's evidence as credible and truthful, and it is backed up by forensic evidence, yet Cas obviously don't accept it, what more do you have to do?"