Weightlifting : CAS upholds ban on Russians

Wed Aug 3, 2016 4:08pm EDT
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By Jack Stubbs

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - There will be no Russian weightlifters at the Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday rejected the country's appeal against a ban imposed by the sport's governing body, the IWF.

The Russian team were banned last week after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said "the integrity of weightlifting has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians".

The Russian Weightlifting Federation appealed to CAS but sport's ultimate court found against them.

"The appeal has been dismissed," CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb told Reuters.

"The CAS panel in charge of this case has determined that the decision of the IWF was valid and proportionate to the circumstances."

On Tuesday, CAS dismissed an appeal by Russian rowers in similar circumstances.

Last month, the IWF said its Executive Board had decided to suspend for a year national federations that produced three or more doping violations in re-tests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

It named Russia, along with Kazakhstan and Belarus, but said it would await confirmation of the positive tests from the IOC before implementing the suspension.   Continued...

General view shows the building of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy