Russian athletes to remain banned from Rio 2016 - CAS
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled against Russian athletes in their appeal against international athletics’ ban from international competitions, CAS said Thursday.
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) appealed against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ban on Russian athletes' participation in international competitions on July 2.
The IAAF first imposed the ban on the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) last November, then upheld it in June.
"CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes," the court said on its website.
The athletes may submit appeal during 30 days, stated CAS’ Secretary General Matthieu Reeb.
Lausanne-based CAS heard ROC's claim against the IAAF ban on Tuesday in Geneva.
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva represented Russian athletes in the case, alongside British lawyer Mike Morgan, ARAF President Dmitry Shliakhtin and Secretary General Mikhail Butov, as well as ROC legal head Alexander Brilliantov.
IAAF statement in response to CAS award: https://t.co/IDPKefnBOg— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 21, 2016
The International Olympic Committee said it would explore legal options ahead of deciding whether to ban the Russian national team from the Summer Olympics in Rio next month.
An IOC spokeswoman suggested the decision would be forthcoming within a week, while several reports indicated the decision could be made this weekend.