Court Of Arbitration For Sport To Hear Russian Appeals Next Week
The cases of 39 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans following doping violations at the Sochi 2014 Games "will be heard next week," the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Wednesday, according to Frank Pingue of REUTERS. CAS said in a statement that the hearings would begin on Monday in Geneva and "run into the weekend, with verdicts being issued sometime the following week." CAS said that it received applications from 42 of the 43 Russians who were banned by the IOC Disciplinary Commission and that the cases involving three biathletes had been suspended and would not be heard next week. Grigory Rodchenkov, Russia's former anti-doping chief who turned whistleblower, and Richard McLaren, the Canadian sports lawyer who sat on the independent commission that exposed doping and corruption in Russian athletics, are "expected to testify by video or telephone" (REUTERS, 1/17).