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Russian Paralympic Committee not to challenge CAS ruling on WADA’s sanctions

The Swiss-based CAS ruled on December 17, 2020 to partially uphold WADA’s lawsuit against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and stripped the agency of its compliance status with the World Anti-Doping Code

MOSOW, January 25. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) has no plans of filing an appeal against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency in regard to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and Russian sports, Pavel Rozhkov, the RPC first vice president and chairman of the Executive Committee, told TASS on Monday.

The Swiss-based CAS ruled on December 17, 2020 to partially uphold WADA’s lawsuit against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and stripped the agency of its compliance status with the World Anti-Doping Code.

In late December, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov told TASS that CAS made procedural violations, which were reported by lawyers. The ROC president also announced plans at that time to file an appeal against these violations at the court of cassation.

The Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee participated in the court case between RUSADA and WADA as a third party. Earlier on Monday, RUSADA announced that it decided not to file an appeal against the CAS decision.

"The [Russian] Paralympic Committee has no plans of appealing the CAS decision," Rozhkov commented to TASS. "Our arguments were taken into account, the terms of sanctions were reduced and our whole team was cleared to take part in the Paralympic Games."

"Moreover, athletes of our Paralympic team were allowed to compete wearing uniforms of the Russian national flag’s colors," Rozhkov added.

The CAS press office told TASS earlier that only the Swiss Supreme Court had the right to consider appeals on the decision at the issue and the deadline for submitting an appeal is February 2.

CAS held hearings on a legal debate between RUSADA and WADA in the period between November 2 and 5, 2020. Appointed judges in the CAS case between RUSADA and WADA were Mark Williams (Australia), Luigi Fumagalli (Italy) and Hamid Gharavi (France).

According to the CAS decision as of December 17, 2020, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.

The national anthem of Russia was also ruled out to be played at international sport tournaments in the course of the next two years, including at the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan this year.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for the period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.