10th December 2018

IOC asks ROC to enforce Alexander Zubkov’s sanction

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has filed an appeal against a 21 November Moscow City Court decision allowing Alexander Zubkov keep two Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic gold medals despite being disqualified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asked it to intervene. After reanalysis of a sample given at Sochi 2014 revealed physiologically impossible levels of salt, Zubkov was sanctioned with a life ban by the IOC, however this was reduced to a ban from the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics upon appeal to the CAS.

‘On 1 December, the Russian Olympic Committee received official notification from the IOC to provide assistance to, and take the necessary legal measures to ensure the execution of the decision of the CAS on 23 April 2018 in connection with the decision of the Moscow City Court on 21 November 2018’, read an ROC statement‘The Russian Olympic Committee, observing the legislation of the Russian Federation and the provisions of the Olympic Charter of the IOC in terms of ensuring NOC recognition and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code in its territory, on 5 December 2018 has filed an appeal against the decision of the Moscow City Court, which, inter alia, is in breach of the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958). ‘In its action, the ROC considers that the CAS decision, even after being found to be unenforceable in the Russian Federation, does not entail the abolition of the decisions and sanctions of the IOC because, in principle, these cannot be subject to review by Russian State courts, including the Moscow City Court, due to lack of jurisdiction over final review decisions made by international courts of arbitration’.

Zubkov launched his challenge to the CAS decision last July, when he was re-elected as President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation (OBP). He was a member of the two man and four man bobsled teams that took gold at Sochi 2014, before being disqualified by the IOC. 

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