CAS to start Russia Olympic doping appeals

Angelo Anderson
January 18, 2018

Back to USSR? IOC to review use of Soviet symbols by Russia The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) special commission will decide whether Soviet symbols can be used by the Russian athletes at the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, after Russia's national emblems were banned.

All samples from the athletes in Sochi-2014 were collected during the day and not in the night, as the former head of the laboratory of the Moscow branch of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada), Grigori Rodchenkov, said at the time, SKR spokeswoman Svetlana Patrenko pointed out.

The athletes will attend the hearing which begins at 09:30 Swiss time.

Any decisions are expected to be communicated between 29 January and 2 February which is just a week before the opening ceremony of this year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

CAS said it received applications from 42 of the 43 Russians who were banned by the IOC Disciplinary Commission and that the cases involving three biathletes had been suspended and would not be heard next week.

Last month, the IOC released Olympic kit requirements for Russian athletes and officials emphasizing that no indication of their national affiliation should be made.

Two key witnesses, Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov and World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, will testify by video or telephone link to the closed-door hearings, CAS said in a statement Wednesday.

The IOC last month banned Russian Federation from the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Games as a result of its "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system, though individual athletes will be able to compete effectively as neutrals if they can prove their anti-doping credentials.

The IOC banned Russian Federation from competing at the forthcoming Games, in December. But athletes must not have been disqualified or declared ineligible for any violation of anti-doping rules.

All 42 athletes deny being part of a state-backed doping program for the Sochi Olympics.

Great Britain's four-man bobsleigh team will also learn whether they are to receive a retrospective Olympic bronze medal from Sochi 2014 when Cas makes its ruling.

He then provided information which led to an investigation of doping at Sochi.

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