CAS Overturn Life Bans Given to Russian Athletes
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has lifted the suspension of twenty-eight Russian athletes who were banned for life from the Olympics.
Eleven other athletes have had their appeals against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban partially upheld, meaning that they will serve reduced suspensions that still covers the period of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
During the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014, the IOC DC found 43 Russian athletes to have committed anti-doping rule violations.
After examining each individual case CAS now states ‘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. With respect to these 28 athletes, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi 2014 are reinstated’.
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