CAS opens arbitration procedure after RUSAF challenges IAAF ruling

The Russian Athletics Federation has taken its challenge to overturn an IAAF ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A Russian fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings. (File photo)   -  AP

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has opened proceedings after the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF) filed an appeal against the IAAF's decision to prolong its ban.

In July, the IAAF maintained its suspension of RUSAF, which has been banned since November 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of state-sponsored doping.

The claims have always been vehemently denied, and last week WADA lifted a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), a move which drew heavy criticism.

RUSAF has now taken its challenge to CAS, which has yet to announce when a hearing may take place.

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A CAS statement read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered a statement of appeal filed by the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF) against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against the decision taken by the IAAF Council on 27 July 2018 in which the IAAF Council refused to reinstate RUSAF into full membership of the IAAF and resolved to extend RUSAF's suspension until the next meeting of the IAAF Council which will take place in December 2018."

"RUSAF seeks a ruling from CAS annulling the IAAF Council decision of 27 July 2018 and reinstating it to full IAAF membership as soon as possible. An arbitration procedure has been opened. The parties will exchange written submissions and the Panel, once appointed, will issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing and, at a later date, issue a final decision."

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