Court lifts lifetime ‘doping’ ban on Russia’s former sports minister

the main International Sports legal body has cleared the former Sports Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko of his lifetime ban on attending future Olympics his ban came after dozens of the country's athletes and coaches were accused of doping in Russia's 2014 Winter Games mukou was banned in 2017 by the International Olympics Committee for his alleged leading role in a Russian state-sponsored doping scheme Moscow denies the claims that a doping program ever existed and documents just released online showed that the Court of Arbitration for sports last week ruled the IOC does not have the right to sanction Mutko as he was not officially part of the Russian delegation however the IOC is stressed that it's a jurisdiction issue the IOC takes note a decision of Cass which relates exclusively to the formal question of the sanctioning power of the IOC for people outside of the Olympic movement at the same time the decision makes it clear that the IOC retains the right of taking any decision in reference to any specific edition of the Olympic Games it's not the first time that IOC related decisions on Russia have been challenged doping claims in 2014 costs Russian athletes their medals and they were ordered to perform as independent Olympic athletes four years later however last year at cast lifted lifetime Olympic bans on 28 Russian athletes and recognized some of their medals the IOC also did not agree with that decision in 28 cases the evidence collected was found to be insufficient to establish that an anti-doping relation was committed by the athletes concerned because a decision is extremely disappointing this decision shows the the urgent need for reforms in the internal structure of a cause today the Division of the Court of Arbitration for sport dismissed the application filed by 32 Russian athletes against the International Olympic Committee applicants did not demonstrate that the manner in which two special commissions is established by the IOC was carried out in a discriminatory arbitrary or unfair manner let's cross live to former sports and mediate lecture now professor of sociology at the UK's Aston University Alice cash more now if the lifting of Yukos ban in isolated it's an incident or the first step towards a change in attitudes towards Russian sport well it's I think it's the first step to changing attitudes I'm not sure whether it's to change about to choose towards Russian sport certainly a change of attitudes towards the Court of Arbitration for sports I don't think this particular decision in itself is going to have much consequences to be honest because invitations to Olympic Games are largely a function of the IOC that is the International Olympic Committee the organising agency it's their decision so what will probably happen is that they will simply not invite what occur from this point onwards so I don't think it's going to have any lasting impact I think its impact is this that the the Court of Arbitration for sport was set up in 1984 to settle disputes between sporting organizations or between individual sports men or women and the governing whatever governing organization they are affiliated to and by large it served its function quite well but there have been criticisms the main one being is it it can't really be impartial first of all it's a quasi legal organization that means that it isn't really an officially constituted legal organization it's something that has been put together by governing organizations of sport and they fund it obviously so how impartial can it be when it really relies on its existence to governing organizations in sports so individuals have really complained that it can't be that impartial but there is a twist in the tale because earlier this year caster Semenya the track and field athlete was ordered by the idol AF that is the international ocean behind athletics to lower her testosterone the read where they taught her to do this was by taking drugs she said I don't want to she went to the Court of Arbitration for sport and they denied her so in other words it's the organization the court sided with the Athletics governing organization Semenya was dissatisfied with this and so went to the Supreme High Court of Switzerland the Federal Supreme High Court which is a proper legal organization and that found in her favor temporarily in other words this is a long way of saying that the Court of Arbitration for sport has been undermined and can be undermined in future by proper legal organizations we don't have much time but I did want to ask you what do you make of these not infrequent disagreements between the IOC and Cass well I think they're probably going to multiply either I think Cass is going to stand firm on one or two decisions it's obviously aware of these criticisms of its lack of partiality and one way of proving its impartial T is the stand firm and say we disagree with governing organizations so I think they will proliferate in the future Alice Cashmore of the UK's Aston University thank you for your time and for your comments you

16 Replies to “Court lifts lifetime ‘doping’ ban on Russia’s former sports minister”


  2. The only point of this whole story was to ban Russian athletes from the OG in Rio and Pyeongchang it is clear now.
    Has nothing to do with the fight against doping.

  3. Well Russia was not banned when they were the Soviet Union,they had too many Western Socialists help in the background,now Russia has rid itself of the curse of Socialism, these same people are attacking them.

  4. IOC is bias against Russia 🙄🤔 imagine the opportunity lost on the part of Russian Sportsmen.

  5. The difference between a nation that can rule the world and one that cannot, is that one society adheres to the ethos of “suck first, feel good later”, and the others are about “feels great, pay later”. It’s that simple.

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