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16th March 2018
Just four athletes from three counties, competing in four sports, were involved in anti-doping proceedings that came to light this week. Sanctions issued ranged from a thee month ban issued to a Russian amputee footballer, to an eight year ban issued to a Kazakh cyclist who rode for the Astana team for a second anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), after he changed nationality to Russian.
Russia has forged ahead with preparations to exempt Russia from the effect of Decisions taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Roman Teryushkov (Роман Терюшков), a member of Russia’s State Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports announced that a Bill has been prepared to allow Russian sporting federations to dispute or ignore CAS Decisions, which will be considered by the Duma in the near future.
“In the face of unprecedented international pressure on Russia, being guided by their criminal decisions is tantamount to acting against their national sovereignty, against their people “, he said. “The IOC [International Olympic Committee] has been purposefully implementing a policy for eight years to eliminate Russia from the world sports arena, depriving us of the coat of arms, flag, anthem, and forbidding our athletes to participate in competitions. Russian sports federations were forced to recognise the decisions of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as final, and not subject to dispute due to the presence of Article 36.4 in 329-FZ “
In combination with this, the Committee has suggested an additional Bill to prepare a legal support system for athletes, overseen by Russia’s Ministry of Sport. ‘“We must strengthen the legal protection of our athletes”, said Dmitry Svishchev (Дмитрий Свищев), Chairman of the Committee, at a conference attended by the Ministry of Sports. “Today, the federations decide this issue on their own, and many simply do not have enough funds and professional staff for this. Legal support is required not only for athletes, but also for federations. It is impossible for a federation today, almost none, except for the most famous, to have a staff of lawyers. A good lawyer is expensive, especially a sports one.”
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