MOSCOW (AP) – The Russian Olympic Committee has appealed a Moscow court docket ruling which sought to overturn a doping disqualification in opposition to a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Moscow Metropolis Court docket dominated final month that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov – who carried the Russian flag on the Sochi opening ceremony – might preserve his medals as a result of a Court docket of Arbitration for Sport choice to uphold his disqualification wasn’t legitimate in Russia.
That was a problem to the authority of CAS and the Worldwide Olympic Committee.
The ROC stated on Wednesday the CAS ruling was legitimate underneath worldwide legislation and that ignoring it might result in extra sanctions in opposition to Russia from the IOC – even doubtlessly threatening Russia’s place on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The ROC added it’s involved the Moscow court docket ruling might “give rise to doubt that Russia really observes the principle rules of the battle in opposition to doping.”
Zubkov gained the two-man and four-man bobsled occasions on the Sochi Olympics however he was disqualified by the IOC final 12 months. The decision was upheld by CAS.
Zubkov and his groups stay disqualified in official Olympic outcomes, however the Moscow ruling might make it tougher for the IOC to get his medals again. Swiss and Latvian groups are in line to inherit the gold-medal spots.
The IOC’s case in opposition to Zubkov was primarily based on testimony from Moscow and Sochi anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov, who stated he swapped clear samples for ones from doped athletes, and forensic proof that the allegedly pretend pattern saved in Zubkov’s identify contained extra salt than might be potential in urine from a wholesome human.
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