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ARAF ready to give financial assistance to athletes who filed lawsuit in Swiss court

August 08, 13:24 UTC+3
The ARAF head says financial assistance is the organization's only available resource to help athletes
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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) has said it will be prepared to extend financial assistance to two Russian track and field athletes who have filed appeals at the Swiss federal court in Lausanne, ARAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin has told TASS.

Earlier, the official representative in the Swiss court told TASS that double Olympic champion, woman pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and 2015 world champion in men’s 110 hurdles Sergey Shubenkov appealed the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to bar them from participation in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"We have only one resource available to us. We are ready to give financial compensation. We will get together and clinch a deal," Shlyakhtin said when asked what sort of assistance Russian track and field athletes may count on.

Russian track-and-field athletes were not allowed to compete in Rio due to the disqualification of their national federation. Only one Russian athlete, woman long jumper Darya Klishina, who lives and trains abroad, will perform at the Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 21 unanimously voted to dismiss the lawsuit of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 athletes against the International Association of Athletic Federations’ decision to ban their participation in the Olympics. It was stated that the decision may be protested in Switzerland’s federal court within a 30-day deadline.

Under the Swiss Constitution, the federal court is the highest judicial instance in civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional cases. As Swiss lawyers have explained, the court is empowered to cancel the arbitration court’s decision, but it is unable to adopt a new resolution on the merits. Also, the list of decisions that can be protested in the federal court is rather limited. This will be possible if the arbitration court judges had not been appointed properly, if the case was erroneously recognized as a matter within or outside its jurisdiction, if the principle of the parties’ equality was violated, or if the arbitration court left the case unconsidered or pronounced a decision running counter to the principle of public order.

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