42 Russian Athletes Appeal Against Lifetime Olympic Bans

42 Russian Athletes Appeal Against Lifetime Olympic Bans

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered the appeals of 42 Russian athletes against their lifetime Olympic bans.

The appeals filed by Russian athletes against the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refer to anti-doping rule violations during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The IOC ‘disqualified them from the events in which they participated at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and forfeited all medals won by them. The athletes were also declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games.

If an athlete can prove they are clean, they will be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag. But they must not have been disqualified or declared ineligible for any violation of anti-doping rules.

A decision in relation to all appeals is expected from CAS on or before 31 January 2018.

The full BBC article can be found here.

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