International Olympic Committee may appeal CAS decision to lift Russian athlete bans

Boxing has been a mainstay of Summer Olympic Games since it was first introduced in 1904. Frank Franklin II  AP

Boxing has been a mainstay of Summer Olympic Games since it was first introduced in 1904. Frank Franklin II AP

"Yes I can confirm that this is the case", an International Olympic Committee spokesperson told insidethegames today when asked about whether the Swiss Court appeals had been rejected", the portal reports.

Bach said: "With regard to the Russian cases, we also have made it very clear that the absence of a sanction by CAS does not mean that you're entitled to receive an invitation from the IOC. The panel was not able to deliver a reasoned decision, and we have asked to speed this up".

'We have been told this could be end of February, which is an extremely unsatisfactory situation, given the gravity of the cases.

ICO bigwigs claimed they were not "not satisfied" with a report by AIBA about its governance, refereeing and anti-doping issues - demanding a further inquest by April 30.

Wada said in a statement on Wednesday it had confirmed that a proportion of the new generation of Bereg-KIT Geneva security bottles were "susceptible to manual opening without evidence of tampering, whether they have been frozen or not". Bach said Coates was "very appreciative" of the proposals by the Executive Board and was "confident, if not sure, [CAS] will take it up".

Their own prolonged investigations found that Russian Federation had been participating in a nation-backed doping program. "It regretted that the "proven" existence of the systemic manipulation was not considered for the other cases".

This may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping.

Bach even called for "reforms" of the CAS, saying the International Olympic Committee is not satisfied with the CAS's approach on the issue.

"CAS has to change its structure in a way that it can ensure that it can better manage the quality and consistency of its jurisdiction".

You can read the full CAS decision here.

There have been growing voices in the country saying that South Korea, the host of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, needs more seats with permanent membership on the IOC.

The IOC must wait for a reasoned decision from CAS before an appeal can be launched. Therefore, the International Olympic Committee will analyse the reasoned decisions very carefully once they are available and consider consequences, including an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

MOSCOW-Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country's athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The IOC annulled the results several Russian athletes had obtained at Sochi Games over alleged doping violations by these athletes.

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