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Russian Olympic Committee notifies CAS of its participation in WADA-RUSADA dispute

Swiss lawyer Claude Ramoni was hired by the Russian Olympic Committee to represent its interests in CAS

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has sent an official notification to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on its intention to take part as a third party in the hearings between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the ROC press service announced on Friday.

The ROC Executive Committee made a decision on December 24, 2019 to take part in the court hearings at the Swiss-based court as a third party in the dispute between RUSADA and the world’s governing anti-doping body. Swiss lawyer Claude Ramoni, who is a founding partner of the Lausanne-based Libra Law firm, was hired by the Russian Olympic Committee to represent its interests in CAS.

"By taking part in the dispute as a third party, the ROC will be defending the rights of Russian athletes and Russian sports federations for the participation under the Russian national flag, equal conditions for the qualification and access of the Russians to the Olympic Games and other international tournaments," the press service said in a statement.

On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) approved the recommendations of its Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to revoke the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and to strip Russia of the right to participate in major international sports tournaments, including the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships, for a period of four years.

The WADA ExCo also ruled that Russia must not host, or bid for or be granted the right to host any major international sports tournament in this four-year period. Russian state officials, as well as the officials of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), were banned from attending all major international sports tournaments for this four-year period.

The RUSADA Supervisory Board recommended on December 19 the agency’s Founders Council to disagree with WADA’s sanctions against Russian sports and to take this case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne. On December 27, RUSADA sent an official notification of its disagreement to WADA and the global anti-doping body will now have to submit this case with the Swiss-based court.