Russia to appeal its suspension in Court of Arbitration for Sport

Source : 112 Ukraine

This will allow the Russians to stand under their flag in winter
15:20, 20 December 2019

The Supervisory Board of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) decided that it would appeal against WADA's decision to remove the Russians from the world sport for 4 years in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

In this case, the imposition of the sentence is postponed until the CAS makes a decision. Now RUSADA will form a team of lawyers, will collect evidence and will send it to the court. WADA is expected to do the same.

This may take several weeks. Then CAS will start preparing for the meeting on such a large-scale case. This process may take up to 1-2 months. It means that a decision on the Russian doping case will be made in February-March 2020.

Related: WADA could suspend Russia from certain sport competitions due to doping scandal

"I will not give any prognoses, but we think that our arguments are strong enough," Chempionat quotes the optimistic mood of Alexander Ivlev, Chairman of RUSADA's Supervisory Board. 

The appeal will allow Russia to host the Luge World Championship in Sochi, and will also allow representatives of winter sports, such as biathlon and figure skating, to pass the season without sanctions.

As we reported earlier, the Moscow-based lab of RUSADA was charged with faking the reports about doping probes among the athletes.

"The data in question relates to a period from January 2012 to August 2015 and was obtained by WADA in January of this year under the terms of RUSADA's reinstatement to compliance in September 2018", the message reads.

Related: Russia’s doping violations are cheating its own athletes

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