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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: South Africa confirms it will appeal Court of Arbitration holding...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Despite its agreement in June with the IAAF that it would abide by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its filing against the federation’s Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification, Athletics South Africa confirmed that it would […]
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LANE ONE: The Court of Arbitration’s decision against Caster Semenya was about biology,...

Every law school student hears, early in their first year of classes, that “hard cases make bad law.” The narrative of a particular case, the facts involved and the stakes can lead to decisions which do not follow the logic of the law, but produce some tortured conclusion that ends up creating more problems that […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Semenya jumps into Diamond League 800 m in Doha

She wasn’t entered in the entry lists posted on Tuesday, but a day after losing her request for arbitration against the female eligibility rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), South Africa’s Caster Semenya is reported to have entered the women’s 800 m at the Doha Diamond League meet on Friday. Semenya’s agent […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds IAAF regulations on applicable levels...

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the requests for arbitration by Athletics South Africa and two-time Olympic 800 m champion Caster...

LANE ONE: Beginning of the end for the Russian doping scandal, as WADA...

The seemingly endless saga of Russian and one of the largest doping scandals in history may be moving toward its final chapter after a major breakthrough was made public on Tuesday. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that it had successfully retrieved some 2,262 samples held at the former Moscow Laboratory, including separate “A” and “B” […]
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ATHLETICS: Semenya vs. IAAF decision delayed until end of April

The Court of Arbitration for Sport posted a notice on Friday that its decision in the South African challenge to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations on the acceptance level of testosterone in women competing in specific events has been postponed. “The CAS had initially announced that the final decision would be communicated […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Five Russians appeal doping verdicts, while USATF Board continues Lananna’s suspension

The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed 12 Russian doping positives in an announcement on 1 February, for offenses mostly during the 2012-14 period. Five of the 12 have filed appeals to the Court’s Appeals Arbitration Division: ● Lyukman Adams ~ Triple Jump: 2014 World Indoor Champion ● Ivan Ukhov ~ High Jump: 2012 Olympic […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Court of Arbitration for Sport confirms 12 Russian track &...

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) came under enormous criticism after reversing 28 suspensions handed out by the International Olympic Committee’s Disciplinary Commission last year, mostly on grounds that actual evidence of tampering with samples had not been definitively shown. But on Friday, CAS announced that it had confirmed 12 cases of doping in […]
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BOBSLED: IBSF sanctions four 2014 Russian sledders for two years

Doping cases take a long time to wind their way through the hearing and judgement system, but the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation issued...

LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: WADA announces new “mission to Moscow”

The dance between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government will continue on Wednesday, as a three-person WADA team will make another trip to Moscow. Once again, the goal will be to extract a comprehensive copy of the testing database of the Moscow Laboratory which was at the center of Russia’s state-run doping program […]
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BOBSLED: Disgraced Zubkov wants a personal letter in order to return his medals

Disgraced Russian gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who piloted the two-man and four-man sleds to victory in Sochi in 2014, but was disqualified for doping...

DOPING: Russian NOC appeals Moscow decision to ignore Zubkov’s Sochi doping

In a move dripping with political calculations, the Russian National Olympic Committee appealed the decision of the Moscow City Court that invalidated the doping...

BOXING: Konakbayev placed on the ballot by CAS

With the International Boxing Association (AIBA) presidential vote looming on Saturday (3 November), the Court of Arbitration for Sport formally cleared the way for...

THE BIG PICTURE: Boxing federation election controversy continues

With the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Congress and its presidential election coming on 3 November, the activity surrounding it has increased dramatically. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is deeply involved, with two motions in front of it. It disposed of the first on Wednesday, dismissing a request by the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation for a […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Now the leading candidate for the boxing presidency might resign...

“Should I be given the trust by AIBA members and be elected AIBA President, then also details about my position, background etc. will be included in the report to the IOC. “I’m convinced that we will then establish a good cooperation between the IOC and AIBA – something which we have already seen this week […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF stays femininity regs until Court review is completed

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa have agreed that the implementation of the IAAF’s new Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification will be delayed from 1 November of this year until at least 26 March 2019 to allow for an expedited ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After […]
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LANE ONE: The IOC is slowly – but quite surely – changing, and...

This is usually a quiet time for the Olympic Movement and for the International Olympic Committee. But not in 2018. The winter-sports season hasn’t started yet and most of the major world championships in the summer sports are over, although wrestling and weightlifting are still to come. But the IOC has been in overdrive and […]
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BOXING: Konakbayev appeals to CAS to be added to presidential ballot

The drama over the future of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) and its 3 November presidential election continues, now at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. At present, the only candidate on the ballot is Uzbek Gafir Rakhimov, the interim president, who has been named by the U.S. Treasury Department as an international criminal. But […]
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ATHLETICS: Russia sues the IAAF for reinstatement

The reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has now emboldened the Russian Athletics Federation to demand similar treatment from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Russians have filed an appeal of the IAAF’s suspension with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, asking for an “annullment” of the […]
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