Rus­sia loses ap­peal against Olympics ban

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The in­ter­na­tional sports tri­bunal on Thurs­day re­jected an ap­peal by Rus­sian ath­letes against a Rio Olympics ban amid mount­ing pres­sure for ac­tion over state-run dop­ing in Rus­sia.

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) rul­ing on track and field is seen as a key in­di­ca­tor as the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) de­bates whether to or­der a blan­ket ban on Rus­sia from the Rio Games that start Au­gust 5.

The IOC ex­ec­u­tive board is to hold more talks on Sun­day and a de­ci­sion on a ban could be an­nounced after, an Olympic spokesper­son said.

Rus­sia is a sport­ing pow­er­house whose ab­sence from Rio would cre­ate the big­gest cri­sis Matthieu Reeb, secy gen­eral of the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) de­liv­ers a state­ment on the ban of Rus­sian track and field ath­letes, in Lau­sanne. in decades for the Olympic move­ment.

But there have been wide­spread calls for ex­em­plary sanc­tions against the state-or­ches­trated cheat­ing cam­paign.

“This will scare a lot of peo­ple, or send a strong mes­sage that the sport is se­ri­ous about clean­ing up,” six-time Olympic sprint ti­tle win­ner Usain Bolt of Ja­maica said of the court rul­ing.

CAS said it had unan­i­mously “dis­missed” an ap­peal by the Rus­sian Olympic Com­mit­tee and 67 ath­letes against the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) ban.

Rus­sia’s Sports Min­is­ter Vi­taly Mutko called the CAS de­ci­sion “politi­cised” and il­le­gal. Rus­sia has de­nied any state in­volve­ment in the dop­ing cri­sis.

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