Press releases 1st February 2019

The CAS issues decisions in 12 first instance disciplinary procedures concerning Russian track & field athletes

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued decisions in 12 first- instance disciplinary procedures in which it replaced the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF), which is currently suspended and unable to manage any disciplinary procedures, in accordance with the IAAF regulations. The procedures stem from the investigation conducted by Professor Richard McLaren, mandated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”), in relation to allegations of systemic doping practices in Russian sport.

Having studied the reports issued by Prof. McLaren, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), pursued allegations of anti-doping ruleviolations (“ADRVs”) against several Russian athletes, in particular to the effect that these athletes participated in and/or benefited from anabolic steroid doping programs and benefited from specific protective methods (washout schedules) in the period 2012 (Olympic Games in London) –2013 (World Championships in Moscow).

Following the appeals filed by the IAAF at the CAS, each procedure was conducted separately and referred to a Sole Arbitrator. In all cases, the athletes have been found guilty of ADRVs under the IAAF Rules and individual sanctions have been imposed by the CAS on each of the 12 athletes concerned. These first-instance decisions may be appealed to the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division within 21 days.

The decisions issued by CAS are as follows:

• This media release was published by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 1 February 2019. Click here for the original.

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