CAS Overturns Bans On 28 Russians As Putin Plans To Honour Those Still Banned

Vladimir Putin and Thomas Bach - backroom deals and a Russian snub to the Olympic Movement and Fair Play in the mix [ARD Sportschau still]

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has set aside the overwhelming evidence of systematic cheating at the Sochi Winter Olympics in favour of overturning 28 bans on Russian athletes imposed by the International Olympic Committee on the basis of “insufficient evidence” that the individuals concerned were a part of the massive abuse of the anti-doping system revealed by Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov. The CAS decisions, which coincide with Vladimir Putin pressing ahead with honouring those banned for doping with an alternative competition and financial rewards, include thumbs up and thumbs down even within the same team events: the Russian four-man bobsleigh team that competed at Sochi, for example, has had two men disqualified and, now, two men reinstated. Lawyer for whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov reminds us of ‘verified … forensic evidence’ and says ‘CAS decision emboldens cheaters’. The IOC has responded by asking to see CAS’s reasoning and is considering an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. That would be an extraordinary move: the IOC taking matters out of its own jurisdiction and placing it in the hands of national laws.

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has set aside the overwhelming evidence of systematic cheating at the Sochi Winter Olympics in favour of overturning 28 bans on Russian athletes imposed by the International Olympic Committee on the basis of “insufficient evidence” that the individuals concerned were a part of the massive abuse of the anti-doping system revealed by Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov. The CAS decisions, which coincide with Vladimir Putin pressing ahead with honouring those banned for doping with an alternative competition and financial rewards, include thumbs up and thumbs down even within the same team events: the Russian four-man bobsleigh team that competed at Sochi, for example, has had two men disqualified and, now, two men reinstated. Lawyer for whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov reminds us of ‘verified … forensic evidence’ and says ‘CAS decision emboldens cheaters’. The IOC has responded by asking to see CAS’s reasoning and is considering an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. That would be an extraordinary move: the IOC taking matters out of its own jurisdiction and placing it in the hands of national laws.

Comments

Richard Ortiz

I am disgusted and angry beyond words. All decency is GONE. Fairness is gone. Truth is gone. Honesty is gone. The lunatics have taken over the asylum. I cannot begin to explain how angry I am!!!!!!!!!!!! Is the world afraid of Putin? Why does this man seemingly control the world? This is beyond anything the East Germans or the Chinese have been guilty of. Again, I cannot begin to express how angry I am.

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