Sport Arbitration Court Says 42 Russians Appeal Olympic Doping Bans

Angelo Anderson
January 10, 2018

"The procedure has been approved".

'At the moment, it is expected CAS will issue a final decision for each case on or before January 31, ' it added.

CAS also confirmed to AFP that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), now suspended by the IOC, had decided not to appeal to CAS, sport's highest court.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko also received a lifetime Olympic ban, which he will appeal against, although the hearing will take place after the Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled that the Russian state operated a doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and banned dozens of Russian athletes and some officials from the Olympics for life as a result. "The athletes were also declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games".

Late previous year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled to cancel results of 43 Russian athletes and barred them for life from Olympics.

AP reports CAS expects verdicts will be issued by January 31, just nine days before the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Games, which will be held from February 9 to 25. The decision came after the findings of the IOC Disciplinary Committee, which was led by Denis Oswald and was tasked with the reanalysis of doping samples collected from Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The announcement comes in response to the sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee following allegations of state-sponsored doping by hosts Russian Federation at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The IOC has already suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and announced that only invited Russians - vetted by an anti-doping panel - will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang as neutrals, or more specifically as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia".

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