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Four Russian weightlifters recall lawsuits to CAS — lawyer

August 04, 17:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. Russian weightlifters Ruslan Albegov, Artem Okulov, Adam Maligov and Tima Turiyeva have recalled their lawsuits to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over legality of banning them from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, lawyer Artem Patsev told TASS on Thursday.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) banned the Russian team from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games on July 29 over doping. Four weightlifters filed lawsuits to CAS on August 3.

"Yes, four weightlifters have in fact recalled their lawsuits to CAS," Patsev said.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

Following the commission’s report, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

After a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced earlier that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

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