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CAS rejects Russian appeal against Olympic athletics ban

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:32

Russia's appeal against ban on athletes participating at Olympic Games is rejected by Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (JULY 21, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS), MATTHIEU REEB, SAYING: "The Court of the Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the request filed by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes. These requests were limited to certain legal issues concerning the application, the validity, the scope of the new rules of the International Athletics Federation adopted on the 27th June 2016 which states that athletes whose national federation is suspended by the IAAF are ineligible for competition held under the IAAF rules including the Olympic Games unless they satisfy specific criteria. As a consequence the Russian Olympic Committee is not entitled to nominate Russian track and field athletes for the Olympic Games unless they fulfil this specific criteria. Since the International Olympic Committee was not a party to these arbitrations the CAS has no jurisdiction to determine whether the IOC is entitled to accept or refuse the nomination by the Russian Olympic Committee of Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio. That's the end of the statement. Thank you." STORY: The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday (July 21) it had rejected Russia's appeal against the exclusion of its track and field athletes from the Rio Games starting on Aug. 5. "CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes," CAS said in a statement. The ruling by the CAS, sport's highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports. The affair has triggered a crisis in world sport, with Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking of the risk of a split in the Olympic movement. Russian track and field athletes were banned from international competition in November after an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found rampant state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics. The ban was imposed by the IAAF, the global governing body for athletics, which reconfirmed it last month, saying there were still considerable problems with anti-doping in Russia. The appeal was launched by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes who said they were being punished despite not having failed drugs tests, and that they should be eligible to compete in Rio. On Monday, another WADA report revealed evidence of systematic and widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian competitors before and at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This has prompted the IOC to consider banning Russia from Rio altogether. The IOC is expected to reach a final decision within the next week and has said it will take the CAS ruling into account.

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CAS rejects Russian appeal against Olympic athletics ban

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:32